Indiana lawyer pleads guilty in estate misappropriation case

A suspended Indiana attorney has pleaded guilty in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds from six estates totaling more than $700,000.

Stephen W. Schuyler, 63, was awaiting trial in Madison County Circuit Court in Anderson. He entered the pleas Thursday to 15 felony counts, including theft, corrupt business influence and check deception, the Herald Bulletin reported. Sentencing is scheduled for June 22.

Authorities say a check Schuyler wrote to East Lynn Christian Church in January 2015 for more than $78,000 bounced. The church was named as an estate's beneficiary in the estate of Sara Wilding. Later that year, Schuyler was removed from more than 130 cases in which he had a fiduciary interest in estates and guardianships.

The Indiana Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended Schuyler's law license because he didn't cooperate in the investigation of complaints filed against him.

The maximum prison sentence Schuyler faces is eight years.

In November, a Madison Circuit Court judge ordered Schuyler to pay more than $30,000 in legal fees as part of a suit that allowed First Merchants Bank to foreclose on a $475,000 Madison County home and $285,000 Kosciusko County property previously owned by Schuyler

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