Former attorney charged with embezzling client funds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney announced today the arrest of a former attorney from New Haven for taking money owed to some of his clients and converting it to his own use.

Terrence Hawkins, 58-year-old of New Haven, was arrested on August 14, 2015 on three counts of larceny first-degree, and one count of larceny second-degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Hawkins, who has since resigned as an attorney, converted for his own gain approximately $299,975.00 owed to various clients.

He was released on a $150,000.00 non-surety bond, and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on August 21.

Larceny first-degree is a felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than twenty years in prison and a fine up to fifteen thousand dollars. Larceny second-degree is a felony punishable by not less than one year and up to ten years and a fine up to ten thousand dollars.

The case is being prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.

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