Thursday, December 13, 2018

Personal injury lawyer pleads guilty to bamboozling $1m from clients - Daily Mail

A former lawyer who invented his own superhero called 'Excuseman' has pleaded guilty to theft for bamboozling more than $1million from his clients.

Jordan Margolis was first indicted in 2016 on 36 felony counts of theft for settling more than a dozen cases without clients' knowledge then using the money for his personal use.

He pleaded guilty Monday in Cook County, Illinois to a single count of theft in a plea deal with prosecutors, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Margolis faces up to three years behind bars and a $25,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for next June. 

Margolis, 64, reportedly settled crash, wrongful death and personal injury cases for the clients, Assistant State’s Attorney Wayne Jakalski said in a statement to the judge Monday.

Former personal injury lawyer Jordan Margolis (pictured in 'Excuseman' costume) has pleaded guilty to theft for bamboozling more than $1million from his clients
He pleaded guilty Monday in Cook County, Illinois to a single count of theft in a plea deal with prosecutors

Former personal injury lawyer Jordan Margolis (pictured left in 'Excuseman' costume and right in a mugshot) has pleaded guilty to theft for bamboozling more than $1million from his clients

Excuseman.com, formerly run by Margolis, now reads in part: 'Jordan Lee Margolis, now apparently going by the name Jack Leiv, has hurt a lot of people'

Excuseman.com, formerly run by Margolis, now reads in part: 'Jordan Lee Margolis, now apparently going by the name Jack Leiv, has hurt a lot of people'

He used a portion of the money to fund his bizarre superhero character and had made two costumes made, published three books and produced online content for a YouTube channel. 

Margolis reportedly settled crash, wrongful death and personal injury cases for the clients, Assistant State’s Attorney Wayne Jakalski (pictured) said in a statement to the judge Monday

Margolis reportedly settled crash, wrongful death and personal injury cases for the clients, Assistant State’s Attorney Wayne Jakalski (pictured) said in a statement to the judge Monday

Margolis is a graduate of Northwestern Law School and has a history of working personal injury cases.

He also lured his clients in with his upscale office, according to the Tribune. 

Excuseman.com, formerly run by Margolis, now reads: 'Jordan Lee Margolis, now apparently going by the name Jack Leiv, has hurt a lot of people... his standard response to this is to make a joke, usually a bad one. 

'He claims to be a good guy, a nice guy, a funny guy, pointing to his awful attempts at humor as proof. 

'He has now been charged with 36 felony counts, including theft, theft by deception, misappropriation of financial institution property, continuing a financial crimes enterprise, and forgery. Nice guy.'

Margolis (pictured) lost his law license in 2015

Margolis (pictured) lost his law license in 2015

Margolis' Facebook page says he currently lives in Los Angeles

Margolis' Facebook page says he currently lives in Los Angeles

The website further states: 'BE VERY CAREFUL! If you think you know "Jack", you might want to do a little bit of research first, to find out who you're REALLY dealing with. 

'This is scary stuff. Horror movie stuff. The funny, smooth-talking, friendly guy you think you know is VERY DIFFERENT than the persona that is being presented to you.'

Margolis' Facebook page says he currently lives in Los Angeles.  

He lost his law license in 2015.



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