Disbarred lawyer gets stiff prison term in theft case

Disbarred lawyer Charles Radosevich was hit with another stiff prison sentence Thursday for stealing more than $30,000 from people who hired him for legal services.

District Judge Douglas Herndon sentenced Radosevich to five to 20 years in prison on two felony theft counts and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses.

That came on the heels of a sentence of four to 10 years that District Judge David Barker handed out in April to Radosevich in another case, which involved the theft of $200,000 from clients.

In all, Radosevich, 67, must serve a minimum of nine years in prison and pay more than $260,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors think that Radosevich, disbarred in Colorado and Nebraska, left roughly 30 victims in his wake.

“I was happy with the court’s decision,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Staudaher said after Thursday’s sentencing. “Hopefully, this guy is not going to be out anytime soon to create more victims.”

The earlier case included the theft of $140,000 from the estate of the mother of Darlene Lonzaga and her brother, Jimmy Montgomery. Radosevich was charged with circulating a phony court document with the forged signature of District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez in an effort to swindle the brother and sister out of the estate money.

Radosevich fled Las Vegas in September but was captured at a Phoenix airport as he returned from partying in Costa Rica.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135.

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