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Freehold Attorney Who Bilked Client out of $237K Gets Jail Time

Deirdre Przygoda was sentenced to four years in prison.

A former Freehold attorney who misappropriated over $237,000 from a client received a four-year prison sentence, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Friday.

Deirdre Przygoda, 48, pleaded guilty in November to a second-degree charge of misapplication of entrusted property. Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia handed down the sentence Friday and ordered Przygoda to pay $237,444 in restitution to the victim.

According to the press release, a homeowner contacted Przygoda in 2009 to represent her as she refinanced the mortgage on her home. Przygoda received more then $237,000 to pay off the homeowner’s original mortgage. The funds were deposited into Przygoda’s attorney trust account but Przygoda never paid the original mortgage as required, authorities said. The homeowner now has  two mortgages attached to her property and the property is now in foreclosure, according to the press release.  An examination of Przygoda’s accounts revealed that she removed the funds from the account.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael J. Costanzo of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau conducted the case for the prosecutor. Przygoda was represented by Julia S. Dasaro-Drescher of Middletown.

THEODORE MILLER January 19, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I KNOW THE FEELING I GOT RIPPED OFF THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM LAWFIRM COFFEY,KAYE,MYERS AND OLLEY.THEY PUT CARBON PAPER BETWEEN THREE CHECKS LIED ABOUT AMOUNT AND FORGED OVER CARBON TRANSFER.VICTIM THEODOREMILLER
Shammy January 19, 2013 at 04:54 PM
That's all? What about the additional interest fees and court costs?
lola lopez January 20, 2013 at 07:36 AM
Really Ted? On what night did u dream you had 300 thousand to steal.Suprised that you did not blame the mexican community for your"rip off"!!! You blame us for everything else,property values,taxes,crime oh but you sure helped with our over crowded school system.You run for city counsel and you wont send your own children to our "failing school system",cause that is our fault too.I love freedom of speech!:)

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