Lawyer admits stealing $75K from elderly client

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 21:00:55-04

A well-known lawyer in Genesee County admits he stole over $75,000 from an elderly client.

Batavia Police charged Randolph Zickl, 81, with second-degree grand larceny. He double billed a woman as he worked on the estate for her late husband and withdrew money from a bank account. Investigators say the thefts took place over several years.

When Zickl was arraigned Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to his crime. The judge is giving him until September 20th, his sentencing date, to make full restitution. If he does, the judge will likely consider a sentence of probation instead of jail time.

The case is being prosecuted by the Erie County District Attorney's office. According to WHAM 13 in Rochester, Zickl has two sons who are attorneys in the Genesee County District Attorney's office. was arraigned before a judge from Erie County.

Zickl has resigned from the NYS Bar Association.