Jennifer A. Heiner-Pisano Will Not Serve Any Jail Time

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – -A New Jersey attorney pleaded guilty this week to directing clients’ funds to her own personal use and obtaining a home through fraudulent means.

Jennifer A. Heiner-Pisano, 26, pleaded guilty Friday before Essex County Judge Peter V. Ryan, according to the county Prosecutor’s office.

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She admitted to counts of forgery, falsifying bank records, and misapplying entrusted clients’ funds. But she will not be going to prison.

Heiner-Pisano admitted to falsifying bank statements in order to get a mortgage, paying her rent with $5,000 of her clients’ money, and falsifying an $87,000 bank wire transfer form that she submitted upon closing on her home, prosecutors said.

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“This was not a minor ethical lapse by an attorney. Ms. Heiner-Pisano engaged in a pattern theft and fraudulent activity. She preyed upon the trust and responsibility given to her by virtue of her profession,” county Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter Dirkin said in a news release.

As part of the plea deal, Heiner-Pisano will not have to serve any time behind bars, but could be under parole supervision for up to five years. Sentencing is set for April 19.

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