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Oct 12, 2012 5:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Greenport Man Charged With Embezzling $250,000 From Southampton Village Law Firm

Oct 16, 2012 7:04 PM

A Greenport man is accused of embezzling more than $250,000 over three years from the Bourke, Flanagan & Asato law firm, located on Main Street in Southampton Village.

According to Mary Jane Asato, a partner in the firm, Joseph W. Abramski, 63, was a paralegal who was “a trusted and valued employee of 12 years,” and his actions were a shock to the firm.

Mr. Abramski was arrested by Southampton Village Police on Wednesday afternoon, October 10, at the firm’s office and charged with second-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery, both felonies.

According to Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, Mr. Abramski had been writing checks to himself from the firm’s account and depositing the money in a Texas bank account. Office workers came across documents he left behind and alerted the police, he said.

Ms. Asato said that not a single client was out a penny, but that the small firm had taken a hit financially. She declined to discuss the nature of the theft.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said Village Police have been working closely with the firm and other banks involved to determine where the money was going and what Mr. Abramski was doing with it.

“It’s a personal betrayal, working together with people for that long … it’s overwhelming,” Ms. Asato added. “He hurt Gil [Flanagan, another partner] and me.” The firm will press charges.

Mr. Abramski was arraigned on Friday in Southampton Village Justice Court by Judge Barbara Wilson and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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Shameful behavior Joe.
By dnice (2336), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 12 1:58 AM
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Yes, theft is theft, regardless. Some others evidently have different views, until they are the victims.
By knuckle dragger (1), usa on Oct 22, 12 10:57 AM
Seating a jury to convict for ripping off lawyers may prove arduous.
By loading... (547), quiogue on Oct 15, 12 9:16 AM
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It has to hurt that law firm that they couldn't keep track of their money.How much of their business are they treating in a haphazard manner?
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Oct 18, 12 1:03 PM
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Huh, when they extort it from a client its called a retainer, when they take it from each other its called embezzlement. You learn something every day.
By Local 69 (12), southampton on Oct 24, 12 6:34 AM
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