Wilton legal professional stole $1.4M from consumer

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Wilton attorney stole $1.4M from client

WILTON – State Police arrested a Wilton lawyer for theft after authorities alleged they stole $ 1.4 million from a customer.

Ellen K. Zwijacz, 42, was charged with one count of grand theft and first-degree attempted fraud and two counts of criminal possession of third-degree stolen property in a press release published Friday.

According to police, an investigation conducted with the Saratoga District Attorney’s Office found that Zwijacz had stolen the money from a client who had hired her to help with legal matters.

Saratoga District Attorney Karen Heggen said Friday that Zwijacz was charged with stealing funds, personal property and other items from two victims, as well as the estate of one of the victims she was custodian.

The alleged crimes occurred in Wilton between 2013 and 2018, Heggen said.

It was unclear Friday where Zwijacz ran her law firm.

“I don’t know if she has an office other than home … we understand that she worked and practiced herself,” said Heggen.

Attempts to reach Zwijacz on Friday were unsuccessful.

Police say she was processed and charged in Wilton Town Court on Friday and is due to reappear on March 23.

The State Police are asking members of the public who may have additional information about Zwijacz or the case to call their financial crime department at 518-786-2192 or email [email protected]