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Miriam Carey family's lawyer arrested over debts

A lawyer for the family of the woman who was killed after attempting to crash into the White House two weeks ago was arrested Tuesday by federal marshals because he continually failed to pay money owed to various debtors, officials said.

The lawyer, Eric Sanders, who lives in Melville, but practices mainly in New York City, was taken into custody at his home on the orders of a federal bankruptcy judge in Central Islip, according to Charles Dunne, the chief marshal for the Eastern District.

The arrest was unrelated to his representation of the family of Miriam Carey, who died in a hail of police gunfire two weeks ago in Washington D.C., officials said.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dorothy Eisenberg ordered the arrest on civil contempt charges because of what she said was Sanders' failure to pay $181,666 he owed and follow the court's orders, according to court documents.

Sanders was taken to the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he can be held on the civil contempt charge until he pays off the debt, officials said. In addition, Sanders can be fined $1,000 a day until he pays the money he owes the debtors, officials said.

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