DA: Disbarred attorney gets community service after stealing from clients

Oceanside Attorney Nathan Levner, 54, was arrested by Oceanside Attorney Nathan Levner, 54, was arrested by investigators from the Nassau County District Attorney's office and charged with grand larceny. (May 30, 2013) Photo Credit: Nassau County DA

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A former Oceanside real estate attorney who admitted to bilking a couple he was representing in a new home purchase out of $10,000 was sentenced Wednesday to 200 hours of community service, prosecutors said.

Nathan Levner, 54, who in December 2012 was disbarred in connection with the case, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny in November.

Nassau County Court Judge Tammy Robbins Wednesday sentenced Levner to the community service, a $300 surcharge and a $25 fee. Levner already had paid $10,000 in restitution, the Nassau County district attorney's office said in a news release.

Levner's plea came more than two years after a couple hired him in July 2011 to represent them in the sale of their former home and the purchase of another one, District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office said.

After the couple closed the sale of the home they were vacating, they gave Levner $10,000 to be held in escrow until they had moved out, authorities said. But the money was not returned when the couple vacated the home and Levner did not return phone calls, Rice's office said.

The couple hired another attorney to represent them in the closing of the home they were purchasing in September 2011 and issued a demand letter to Levner.

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Levner was suspended from practicing law on June 1, 2012, after admitting he had used the couple's money for himself, authorities said.

He was disbarred later that year.

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