Jordan Margolis was convicted Monday by Cook County judge Erica Reddick, nine months after he was found guilty of one count of theft
A former Chicago personal injury lawyer who created a cape-bearing character to lift the case was sentenced to three years in prison for a settlement in which he kept secret of the settlements of clients he had reached and the money in his pocket had.
Jordan Margolis was convicted Monday by Cook County Judge Erica Reddick, nine months after he was found guilty of one count of theft as part of a plea in which prosecutors agreed to drop more than two dozen counts of theft, forgery and other charges .
He was sentenced to the stint after he failed to pay around $ 300,000 in refund, the Chicago Tribune reports.
& # 39; I fought for the little man as a lawyer, against large companies and insurance companies, & # 39; Margolis told a judge. & # 39; I dedicated my professional life to justice. … My offenses were well intentioned but wrong. & # 39;
To advertise his services, Margolis put on a shiny blue bodysuit, orange skull cap and cape, purple bandit mask and called himself & # 39; Excuseman & # 39; while he was joking about people who ruined & # 39; not fasting & # 39 ;.
To advertise his services, Margolis put on a shiny blue bodysuit, orange skull cap and cape, purple bandit mask and called himself & # 39; Excuseman & # 39; while he joked about people who ruined & # 39;
Margolis said Monday that the experience & # 39; humiliating & # 39; used to be. He said that Reddick & # 39; was a beacon of justice that needed to be respected and defended & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; I am sorry I could not have had the privilege of appearing before you in any other circumstance. & # 39;
Margolis told his family that he would work to earn their forgiveness.
His lawyer, Robert Loeb, said his client had plans to pay back his victims and wants to pay the rest of his refund.
& # 39; It was always his intention to make good for every customer, & # 39; Loeb added. & # 39; The circumstances have certainly given him the best. & # 39;
All former customers of Margolis have been compensated.
In 2016, Margolis was charged for the first time on 36 counts of theft for settling more than a dozen cases without the knowledge of customers and then using the money for personal use.
He pleaded guilty in December in Cook County, Illinois for a single count of theft in a plea with prosecutors, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In December, he pleaded guilty in an agreement to drop the other two dozen charges against him
Excuseman.com, formerly run by Margolis, now reads in part: & Jordan Lee Margolis, now apparently called Jack Leiv, has hurt many people & # 39;
The 65-year-old allegedly settled cases of crash, wrongful death, and personal injury for his clients, assistant attorney Wayne Jakalski said in a statement at the time.
He used part of the money to fund his bizarre superhero character and had made two costumes, published three books and produced online content for a YouTube channel.
Margolis graduated from the Northwestern Law School and has a history of working personal injury cases.
Margolis graduated from the Northwestern Law School and has a history of working personal injury cases
He also lured his customers in with his luxury office, according to the Tribune.
Excuseman.com, previously run by Margolis, now reads: & Jordan Lee Margolis, now apparently called Jack Leiv, has hurt many people … his standard reaction to this is making a joke, usually a bad one.
& # 39; He claims to be a good guy, a nice guy, a funny guy, pointing to his terrible attempts at humor as proof.
& # 39; He has now been charged with 36 crime counts, including theft, cheating theft, misappropriation of property of financial institutions, continuation of a financial crime company and counterfeiting. Nice man. & # 39;
The website also says: & # 39; BE VERY CAREFUL! If you think & # 39; Jack & # 39; You may want to do some research first to find out who you are REALLY dealing with.
& # 39; This is scary stuff. Horror movie stuff. The funny, fluent, friendly guy you think you know is VERY DIFFERENT than the person you are presented with. & # 39;
In December, Margolis & Facebook page said he lived in Los Angeles.
He lost his permit in 2015.
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