Attorney pleads guilty to trying to steal thousands from dead man’s estate

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A political powerbroker attorney in Westchester pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to fleece hundreds of thousands of dollars from an estate's unknowing descendants.

Guy Parisi confessed in federal court to trying to swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the estate of an already deceased Mount Vernon man.

Neighbors of the 71-year-old Rye-based attorney say they never expected Parisi, who has represented many prominent local politicians and was the county GOP attorney for decades, to plead guilty to mail fraud charges.

The feds busted Parisi last summer after they say he and his wife created a fake company - named after the street where they had a second home in the Hamptons -- to try to embezzle money from the Mount Vernon man.

Westchester County GOP Chairman Douglas Colety tells News 12 that it's a "sad day," adding Parisi resigned as the party's county attorney just this past Monday.

Parisi, is scheduled to be sentenced in May and could face up to 20 years behind bars. Parisi's attorney tells News 12 that he and the feds agreed to 33 to 41 months in jail, or just about three years.

Parisi's attorney also released a statement saying, “Guy fully accepted responsibility, is trying to make things right, and he actually took no money from the estate."

According to his attorney, Parisi could also pay up to $150,000 in fines, in addition to time behind bars. News 12 tried calling Parisi on his office line and cellphone, but he didn't pick up or return calls.

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