Court Watch - POSTED: 2007/02/21 14:31
A prosecutor wants federal prison time for a 75-year-old former lawyer who bilked his elderly clients of millions of dollars.
Gordon McGilton's spotless reputation as a volunteer, church member and veteran lawyer specializing in wills was exactly why people trusted him, Crown prosecutor Francois Drolet said yesterday. He said McGilton abused that trust by misappropriating $1.7 million of his elderly clients' money.
Defence lawyer Jeffrey Boro said his client has a heart condition and is legally blind, and asked that McGilton serve two years less a day under house arrest when he's sentenced on April 10. McGilton has had to sell his Westmount home and lives in a small apartment with his wife, Boro said.
McGilton transferred the stolen money to a company owned by his cousin who was investing in a bogus Nigerian oil investment.