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Former Howard County attorney sentenced for theft from client

A former Columbia attorney received a 60-day suspended jail sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to theft for stealing more than $28,000 from a client, according to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Charles J. Broida had been retained by an Ellicott City woman to handle the estate of her late husband, who died in 2002, according to a press release from prosecutors. From 2004 to 2014, the woman delivered the dividend checks from her husband’s investment account to Broida so that he could transfer them to her name but did not give him permission to access the money, according to the release.

Instead, she kept in contact with Broida, asking him when the account would be reassigned in her name so that she could access the funds, but he kept putting her off, according to a statement of facts in the case.

The client filed a complaint last year with the Attorney Grievance Commission, and an investigation revealed that Broida had used the estate’s assets to benefit his own finances.

Broida, who was disbarred by consent a year ago, was also ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and was placed on two years of supervised probation.

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Lauren Kirkwood covers the business of law beat at The Daily Record.