Cuyahoga County

Former Cleveland lawyer indicted, charged with pilfering estates he was entrusted with


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A defunct Cleveland attorney is charged with pilfering money from estates he was entrusted with guarding, including some belonging to already deceased clients.

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury issued a nine-count indictment of Teddy Sliwinski, naming five victims, including a Korean War veteran.

The indictment charges Sliwinski and his wife, Irene Patkowski-Sliwinski, of stealing $37,500 from 85-year-old war veteran Edward Cook, by making payments to a defunct health care company registered in Patkowski-Sliwinski's name.

The couple also withdrew over $150,000 from the estates of Jane Awin and Elvina Ruh, writing checks and making electronic transfers into Sliwinski's PNC bank account, according to court filings.

In another instance, Sliwinski sold Jolanta Wysocka's 2004 Ford Mustang for $7,000, according to court records, keeping the cash for himself while withdrawing over $40,000 from Wysocka's bank account by writing checks and making electronic transfers.

Sliwinski similarly defrauded Judith Strauss to the tune of $30,000, court records say,

Sliwinski faces one count of theft, two counts of grand theft and two counts of tampering with court records in an attempt to legitimize the cash transfers. Sliwinski and his wife are jointly charged with two counts of theft and one count of tampering with records.

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