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Former Alameda County Judge Pleads Guilty to Elder Abuse, Avoids Prison

A former Alameda County Superior Court judge who was facing 32 felonies for stealing over $1 million from his elderly neighbor has pleaded out.

Paul Seeman, 58, pleaded no contest to one count of elder abuse and one count of perjury for stealing from then 97-year-old Anne Nutting by falsely promising to take care of her financial matters (elder financial abuse, elder financial fraud). In exchange for the following terms and conditions, Seeman avoids public scrutiny and going to prison (darn!),

According to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley,  Seeman (1) loses his bar license and may not practice law in California, (2) may not be a judge ever again in the state, (3)  must return more than $300,000 to the neighbor’s estate, (4) may not live with, care for or act as a financial representative for an elderly person, (5) may not have any financial instruments in his possession other than his own, and (6) will be on five years probation.

If, as he was originally accused, Paul Seeman drained more than $1 million from the Nuttings’ estate, he got a great return on his crimes by having to give back only thirty cents on the dollar to the victims’ estate.

Seeman managed to get a durable power of attorney over Anne and Lee Nuttings’ savings and other accounts within a month of offering to “help” them with their estate. When Lee Nutting died a year later, that’s when prosecutors say Seeman began stealing from the widow. The theft was discovered by an alert attorney who was helping Anne Nutting after she remarried.

Read the original article in InsideBayArea News.

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