RI Lawyer Oleg Nikolyszyn Charged With Stealing more than $234,000 in pension payments intended for a dead client.

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indicted Oleg Nikolyszyn, 63, a former Burrillville town solicitor, on 12 counts, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft from an employee pension plan.

RI Lawyer Oleg Nikolyszyn Charged With Stealing more than $234,000 in pension payments intended for a dead client.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A North Smithfield lawyer is facing charges accusing him of collecting more than $234,000 in pension payments intended for a dead client.

A federal grand jury indicted Oleg Nikolyszyn, 63, a former Burrillville town solicitor, on 12 counts, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft from an employee pension plan.

Authorities accuse Nikolyszyn of using the identity of an unnamed former City of Providence employee and member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America to collect his monthly pension payments for 12 years after the employees’ death. The charges include eight counts of mail fraud, three of aggravated identity theft, and one of theft from an employee benefit or pension fund.

According to the accusations, the employee moved to Poland after his retirement at which time Nikolyszyn directed the city to send the monthly payments to his office. The employee, however, died Nov. 12, 2003, and Nikolyszyn continued to receive $173,597 from the city retirement system and $60,989 from the LIUNA pension fund that he transferred into his own account for his personal use.

The state Supreme Court suspended Nikolyszyn from the practice of law in Rhode Island in December 2016 at the recommendation of Chief Disciplinary Counsel David D. Martin based on allegations against Nikolyszyn of “serious professional misconduct.”

 

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