Long Island Attorney Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Stealing Wrongful Death Inheritance from Child

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Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Vincent J. Trimarco, Jr., an attorney admitted to practice law in New York State since 1997, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joan M. Azrack to 57 months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a scheme to defraud a minor of her inheritance from a federal wrongful death lawsuit.  The Court also ordered Trimarco to pay restitution in the amount of $1.5 million, and forfeiture in the amount of $1.5 million.  Trimarco pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2020.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.

“Trimarco’s theft of a seven-figure inheritance from a child so that he could purchase luxury vehicles and invest in real estate is a disgraceful breach of trust and betrayal of his time-honored duties as an attorney.  His conduct is an affront to the courts, the bar and the community at large,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “Today’s sentence should serve as a warning that this Office will prosecute corrupt attorneys who abuse their positions and break the law for personal gain.” 

From April 2012 through August 2017, Trimarco and a co-conspirator executed a scheme to defraud a minor, who was the co-conspirator’s grandchild, of settlement proceeds stemming from a wrongful death action.  Using the settlement proceeds, Trimarco and the co-conspirator purchased luxury vehicles, including a Ferrari F430 Spider for $200,000 and a Jaguar XKR convertible for $57,000, as well as multiple properties in Suffolk County for over $600,000, and invested approximately $800,000 in the Emporium, a now-defunct nightclub and music venue in Patchogue, New York, in which Trimarco was, at times, a part owner.  Despite orders from the Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court in April 2012, June 2012 and August 2012 restraining the disbursement of the settlement proceeds and ultimately directing that they be returned, Trimarco and his co-conspirator sold the assets that they purchased with the settlement proceeds, but did not return the proceeds to the rightful heir.

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The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Catherine M. Mirabile and Michael J. Bushwack are in charge of the prosecution, with the assistance of Assistant United States Attorney Madeline O’Connor, who is handling forfeiture matters.


The Defendant:

VINCENT J. TRIMARCO, Jr.Age:  52


Smithtown, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-583 (S-1) (JMA)

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