A local real estate attorney was banned from practicing law in New York state Thursday after he offered a $250 bribe to a Hempstead Town official in March of 2010, according to Newsday.
Frederic Powell also admitted to stealing property worth more than $50,000 and to putting a person's name on a mortgage without her knowledge or consent, the Newsday story reported.
He also was caught in 2010 trying to bribe a Hempstead Township clerk to speed up a request he made under the Freedom of Information Law for information on a piece of property.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that Powell was told by the clerk that it would take up to five days to process his request. Powell told the clerk that he needed the information that day and put a $100 bill on the counter, asking if it would be possible to expedite the process. After his offer was rejected, Powell offered $150 more, and the money was returned.
Powell pleaded guilty in March, 2010 to grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted bribery. A spokesperson for Rice told Newsday that Powell's case is still active and that he has not yet been sentenced.