Plainview attorney pleads guilty to stealing from clients

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A Plainview attorney pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge following his April arrest for stealing money from a Brooklyn couple who hired him, the Nassau district attorney's office said.

Authorities said Matthew Kogan, 40, has since repaid the $32,500 he took from the clients after representing them in a lawsuit that settled for that amount.

A prosecutor will ask for a sentence of six months in jail and five years of probation at Kogan's September sentencing on the third-degree grand larceny charge, a district attorney's spokesman said.

Authorities said Kogan used the money on expenses including credit card and loan payments, and payroll, and that his felony plea means he'll be disbarred.

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Kogan's attorney, Bob McDonald of Mineola, said Friday that his client paid back all the money before pleading guilty to the charge he was arrested on.

"There's a full acceptance that what he did was wrong," McDonald said.

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