Romin Vincent Alavi, 38, a criminal defense attorney, pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $45,000 from his clients, according to District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
Gregory Epstein, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, said Alavi abused the trust his clients placed in him.
“He treated that trust with about as much consideration as you would a cockroach scuttling across your kitchen floor,” Epstein said.
Alavi came by the money through two civil cases he was involved in between 2010 and 2012, said Reynolds’ spokeperson, Kim Isaza.
In one case, Isaza said Alavi accepted a settlement in a personal injury case without his clients’ knowledge, then forged his clients’ signatures on a $25,000 settlement check.
He also took $20,000 from a client in a case involving a contractor dispute, but never filed a lawsuit and kept the money, Isaza said.
Alavi has been ordered to pay back the $45,000 and will spend two years of a 10-year sentence in prison, with the rest on probation. Isaza said Alavi “may not seek reinstatement of his law license in Georgia — which he voluntarily surrendered — or seek to practice elsewhere for the duration of his sentence.”
Alavi is listed online as being part of the law firm Plichta, Alavi & Associates near the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Paper Mill roads in east Cobb.