Marcus Hook attorney charged with stealing from clients
Media, PA -- Today District Attorney Kat Copeland announced the arrest of Keith Garrity, 39, an attorney who practiced law in Delaware County. Garrity has been charged with stealing money paid to him by clients for legal services he failed to render.
Keith Garrity, 39, of the unit block of Chestnut Street in Marcus Hook, is charged with six counts of theft by unlawful taking, six counts of theft by deception, and six counts of theft by receiving stolen property, felonies of the third degree and misdemeanors of the first degree. The investigation was conducted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Economic Crime Unit Detective Steven Cortese.
On June 18, 2019, an investigation was launched by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office CID when Detective Steven Cortese received information that Keith Garrity, a practicing attorney in Delaware County, had taken money from clients to perform agreed upon legal services and thereafter, he had neither performed those services nor returned the funds. Detective Cortese interviewed a total of six victims all of whom reported paying Garrity for his legal services as an attorney in relation to a variety of matters, including custody, divorce/separation, and criminal cases. In each of these instances, Garrity took the payment, but had neither performed the promised legal work nor attended the scheduled court hearings in relation to those matters. Investigation revealed these thefts occurred between April 2016 and February 2019, and they ranged between $635 and $2500.
On July 10, 2019, CID Detectives Cortese and Hoffner interviewed Keith Garrity. He advised detectives that he began his private practice firm in 2016 and represented clients in both criminal and custody cases. He advised that he normally received cash, money orders, or Walmart to Walmart transfers for his services because he has issues with checks and he did not maintain a bank account due to personal reasons. Garrity was interviewed about each of the thefts from the six victims and admitted that he had been paid by each of the victims to perform a legal service and that he had not only failed to perform that service but had failed to return any money to the victims.
Keith Garrity was arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Deborah A. Krull and his preliminary hearing is scheduled before District Judge Krull on September 9, 2019.
“Keith Garrity had an obligation as an attorney dedicate himself to the interests of his client and advocate with zeal on their behalf; he did the exact opposite, failing to perform even the most basic of service and stealing from the very individuals he had a duty to represent,” said District Attorney Kat Copeland.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.