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Attorney admits to stealing from clients
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Attorney admits to stealing from clients

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta attorney has admitted to stealing from clients in two civil cases.

Romin Vincent Alavi, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of theft and three counts of forgery. He was sentenced to 10 years, with two to serve in custody.

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Alavi also willingly surrendered his Georgia law license and agreed to pay $45,000 in restitution.

According to information presented in court, the first case involved a personal injury claim. Alavi accepted a settlement, but forged the clients' signatures on the $25,000 check and kept the money for himself.

In the second incident, Alavi took $20,000 from a client, but never filed the lawsuit. Instead, he showed the client a fake court order with a forged judge's signature.

Cobb County ADA Gregory Epstein said in court that Alavi betrayed the trust of people who thought he was protecting them.

"He treated that trust with about as much consideration as you would a cockroach scuttling across your kitchen floor," Gregory said. "When Dante wrote The Inferno, he did not place murderers, rapists or child molesters in the lowest circle of hell. He put traitors there."

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