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LI Attorney Sentenced To 16 Months In Prison For Forgery Of Bankruptcy Judge’s Signature

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Earlier today in Central Islip, NY, Jeffrey I. Stark, an attorney admitted to practice law in New York, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment.

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A couple retained the LI attorney to file bankruptcy proceedings on their behalf, but instead of filing the attorney provided the couple with a fake discharge order with a forged signature of a United States Bankruptcy Judge.

Central Islip, NY - June 10, 2016 - Earlier today in Central Islip, NY, Jeffrey I. Stark, an attorney admitted to practice law in New York, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release based on his guilty plea on August 7, 2015, for forgery of a judicial signature.  The sentencing proceeding was held before U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt.  

The charge against Stark arose after he was retained in 2012 by a couple to file bankruptcy proceedings on their behalf in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.  Stark never filed a bankruptcy petition and instead provided the couple with a fake discharge order bearing the forged signature of a United States Bankruptcy Judge.

The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

In announcing the sentence, United States Attorney Capers stated, “Attorneys, as trusted officers of the court, are rightfully held to a high standard of conduct, and Mr. Stark violated the trust of his clients and the court by his criminal conduct here.” Mr. Capers expressed his grateful appreciation to the FBI, the agency responsible for leading the government’s the investigation.

Stark was suspended from the practice of law on November 20, 2013, by the New York State Appellate Division, 1st Department.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen L. Bode. 

The Defendant:
JEFFREY I. STARK
Age: 53
Residence:  Massapequa, New York