- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A disbarred attorney convicted of withdrawing cash from a court-ordered escrow fund in his attorney trust account has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The charges against 50-year-old Eugene LaVergne stemmed from his representation of an estate that was in litigation before a state chancery court judge from July 2009 through November 2010.

The judge ordered LaVergne to hold $200,000 in escrow in his attorney trust account, pending the resolution of certain issues in the matter. But he instead took about $108,000 from the escrowed funds by making 130 cash withdrawals and used the money to pay numerous personal bills and expenses.

The 50-year-old West Long Branch resident was convicted in October on charges of misapplication of entrusted funds and contempt of court. He was disbarred in November 2012.

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