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Bar Assn.'s Ex-Controller Gets 33 Months for Embezzlement

August 31, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

The former controller of the Beverly Hills Bar Assn. was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Monday for embezzling more than $800,000 from the lawyers' group -- money that was intended in part for law school scholarships and legal aid to the poor.

David Alan Wolf, 41, of Los Angeles was handcuffed and led away by federal marshals at the end of the sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge S. James Otero. He also was ordered to pay full restitution to the bar association.

Wolf, who pleaded guilty in June to forging signatures on bar association checks, told authorities that he gambled away all of the money. Bar association officials said the embezzlement has had a devastating effect on the organization's assistance programs. The 73-year-old association has about 3,500 members.

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