Police: Attorney conned elderly woman out of $1 million

Former Bristol attorney Roger Nielson is accused of conning a former elderly client of more than $1 million. (Photo: Bristol Police Department)

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) – A former attorney is accused of bilking a former elderly client of more than $1 million.

Roger Nielson, 65, wrote some 15 checks made payable to himself from the client’s checking account, which he had been added as “power-of-attorney,” an affidavit alleges.

The amount on the checks allegedly ranged from $1,000 to $150,000.

Nielson was arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where he posted a $25,000 cash bond. He is due back in court April 30.

The former Bristol attorney faces 14 counts of first-degree larceny, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000 on each account. He is also charged with 15 counts of second-degree larceny.

Nielsen was arrested Friday morning for the alleged scheme, which he carried out from June 2011 through December 2011, the affidavit alleges.

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