Alan F. Broidy, 65, a disbarred Beverly Hills lawyer pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge (interstate transportation of stolen property) for scheming to steal more than $500,000 from a client he represented in bankruptcy proceedings and then use part of the money to pay off a $75,000 debt.
According dy was hired to represent GRL-Mesa Investments LLC, a Phoenix-based company that filed for Chapter 11 protection in United States Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles in December 2015 hired Broidy as their attorney. In August 2016, the bankruptcy case was resolved and dismissed. The court directed Broidy to hold $2,469,926 in a client trust account – funds derived from the sale of assets belonging to GRL-Mesa’s bankruptcy estate. This money was supposed to be distributed to Mesa’s creditors. Although he transferred $1,937,400 of Mesa’s funds to its creditors, including $975 owed to the United States Trustee, Broidy kept the remaining $512,526 that belonged to Mesa. He stole it and used it to pay for personal expenses.
Broidy admitted that on August 16, 2016, without his client’s knowledge or consent, he deposited $100,000 of Mesa’s money into his personal bank account, and then transferred $75,000 of that money to the bank account in New York of one of Broidy’s own creditors. Through these unauthorized transfers that were hidden from Mesa, Broidy arranged to pay one of his own expenses with Mesa’s money.
In July 2019, the State Bar of California disbarred Broidy based on the facts involved in this case.