Fairfield lawyer nabbed as fugitive from NY grand larceny charge
Published 5:31 pm, Thursday, July 9, 2015
A Blue Bell Lane man was taken into custody Wednesday, charged with being a fugitive from justice on a warrant issued for his arrest for stealing $500,00 from a client in New York.
Philip Teplen, 58, a former Manhattan immigration lawyer, was wanted by New York police on a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Fairfield police contacted Teplen at this home, and he agreed to come outside and meet officers, according to the report.
Once outside, he was advised of the New York warrant and taken into custody. Teplen, however, denied any knowledge of the active warrant, according to the report.
He was held on $1 million bond.
Records indicate that Teplen was sued in 2011 by a former client, who alleged he stole $500,000 from her escrow account. He resigned from the New York Bar in March 2014 after disciplinary proceedings were initiated.