- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey attorney who allegedly stole more than $469,000 from the estates of two family members has been indicted on theft charges.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 62-year-old John Hamill, of Jersey City, faces two counts each of misapplication of entrusted property and theft by failure to make a required disposition. The indictment recently handed up by a county grand jury was made public Monday.

Hamill was arrested in October after an investigation revealed he stole about $469,544 from the estates of an aunt and a cousin where he was named executor. Hamill remains jailed in lieu of $200,000 cash bail, and it wasn’t known Monday if he has retained a lawyer.

Prosecutors say Hamill deposited about $263,097 from his aunt’s estate into his personal checking account. He then used the money to pay debts and personal expenses.

They also allege that he stole about $206,447 from a cousin’s estate by making numerous cash withdrawals. They say he used that money to pay debts for “personal lifestyle activities.”

He could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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