A disbarred lawyer was indicted Wednesday on obstruction of justice and wire fraud charges for allegedly failing to write a brief for a client he represented.
David A. Ehrlich, 38, of Cohoes allegedly did not write a brief for Joseph P. Brown, who was appealing his case before the U.S. Court of Appeals. This led to the appeal being dismissed.
Ehrlich also prepared and provided to Brown’s spouse a brief he falsely represented had been filed and later gave her a document that he told her was the written decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals, according to a press release. There was no such decision.
If convicted, Ehrlich faces up to 10 years in prison on the obstruction of justice charge and up to 20 years imprisonment on the wire fraud charge as well as fines of up to $250,000 on each count.