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Embezzling Bayside Lawyer Avoids Prison

Brian Mularski was sentenced to probation—and one year in jail— after pleading guilty to theft in a business setting. He was accused of embezzling more than $700,000 from a Milwaukee law firm.

A  from a Milwaukee law firm won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell much, even though he pleaded guilty to theft in a business setting. 

Brian Mularski, 37, was charged with two counts of embezzlement in July, but struck a plea deal with prosecutors to have one of the counts dismissed. He was sentenced Jan. 7, according to online court records.

Mularski was sentenced to five years of probation, with one year on work release at the Milwaukee County House of Correction. However, if he violates the terms of his probation, he could go to prison for five years and spend an additional five years on extended supervision in the community. He is scheduled to appear at a restitution hearing slated for Feb. 15. 

According to the criminal complaint, while Mularski was employed as an attorney at Eisenberg, Riley & Zimmerman, S.C. he stole $737,172 from the firm over three years by depositing checks meant for vendors into his personal bank account.

In January 2006, Mularski opened up a bank account in the name Mularski Law Office and began depositing checks into the account meant for vendors. By the end of the year, he had taken $179,000, according to court documents. 

In 2007 he deposited 85 checks from the law firm into the account and collected another $240,000 that year. He also wrote out four other checks that year from the firm for personal use, making a total loss to the business at nearly $255,000 for the year, a criminal complaint said. 

Then in 2008, Mularski deposited another 70 checks to the account for a total loss of $291,847 that year.

The theft came to light after the firm’s office manager was contacted by insurance companies while Mularski was on vacation, saying they never received payments. The manager traced the missing money back to Mularski, who was confronted when he returned to work. He said he wasn’t sure why the money was deposited into his account and would look into the matter, according to court documents. 

Absolutelyfabulous January 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Nothing like getting hired from one of the clients you embezzeled from to start those restitution payments...How exactly does one go about that? Better yet, who are Global Financial Credit LLC & International Sports Management? From JSonline "His attorney, William Reddin, explained that one of the victims of his embezzlement, Global Financial Credit LLC, has actually hired Mularski to help offer health care insurance to personal injury victims awaiting settlements or verdict awards. Mularski has a second job with International Sports Management Inc., Reddin said." http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/lawyer-who-embezzled-737000-avoids-prison-oi89h7i-185946261.html
pupdog1 January 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM
So, does he still have his law license? I'll bet he does.
Michael McClusky January 20, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Why isn't prison appropriate for someone who swindled over 700,000 dollars? Oh, I get it- it is a white collar crime.
Repo January 20, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I have never understood why we have a two level system of justice and that it has gone on for so long un-contested by the voters that it seems to be accepted by most.
KKM January 21, 2013 at 02:26 AM
A person steal from an employers and pays half back right away and still gets 6 years in prison. The only difference between a street thief and a white collar thief is the price of their lawyers. There shouldn't be a class system plea deal.

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