Saratoga County

Wilton attorney accused of stealing $1.4 million from clients

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WILTON — An attorney who lives in the town of Wilton was arrested by state police Friday on charges of stealing $1.4 million from a client couple for whom she was doing legal work.

The State Police Financial Crimes Unit arrested Ellen K. Zwijacz, 42, on charges including first-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheming to defraud, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. All the charges are felonies that could lead to a state prison sentence.

Zwijacz was released without bail pending a future appearance in Wilton Town Court.

An investigation by the State Police and the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office determined that Zwijacz, who is an attorney, stole approximately $1.4 million from a client who hired her to assist with legal matters, state police said.

District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said the allegation is that Zwijacz stole the money from a couple and then the estate of one of them who died over a period of time between 2013 and 2018. While she wouldn’t identify the victims, she said they were a couple of means who lived in Saratoga County.

Heggen said the investigation is continuing.

Zwijacz appears to work as a sole practitioner from her Wilton home. An online listing for her says she specializes in tax preparation, particularly for small businesses. There was no response Saturday to a message left at her listed business number.

State Police are trying to find out whether there are other victims. They are asking members of the public who may have additional information regarding Zwijacz or the case to call the Financial Crimes Unit at 518-786-2192 or email [email protected].

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