Another reason lawyers need more oversight:
Friday, March 9, 2007
E-Mail: Prosecutor Took Money From Union
A state prosecutor under investigation for the possible theft of money intended for crime victims admitted through his attorney to stealing thousands of dollars from the state prosecutor's union, the Connecticut Post reported today.
L. Mark Hurley, supervisory assistant state's attorney in Milford, is treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Prosecutors union.
An initial audit of the union's account found no discrepancies, union president Brian Preleski said in an e-mail to members of the executive board. But Hurley's lawyer, Edward Gavin, admitted that Hurley took between $18,000 and $21,000 from the union's account during the past 18 months, according to the e-mail.
Gavin told The Associated Press today that the funds were "misappropriated" and Hurley would repay them.
Preleski described in his e-mail how Hurley wrote checks on the union's account for certain expenses and then credited the expenditures to certain vendors. He would then endorse the checks himself and deposit the money in his bank account.
The executive board plans to meet Monday to discuss a full audit of the account.
Hurley is in treatment, Gavin said, declining to discuss details.
State authorities are investigating whether Hurley took restitution money from criminal defendants that was intended for their victims, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane said Thursday.
Hurley, 47, will remain on administrative leave until the probe by state police and the Division of Criminal Justice is completed, Kane said.
Gavin would only say they were cooperating with the investigation.
Hurley, a prosecutor since 1986, earns a yearly salary of $112,452.