Ex-lawyer sentenced to more than 5 years in federal elder fraud case

casey.grove@adn.comFebruary 12, 2014 

A disbarred lawyer who stole more than $1 million from an elderly Anchorage widow was sentenced to more than five years in prison Tuesday.

The man, California resident Philip Eric Myers, 61, worked with the victim's nurse, 54-year-old Brian Ben-Israel, to steal millions of dollars from her estate from 2007 to 2009. The pair set up a trust fund they controlled, tricked the woman into signing documents giving the men power over her estate, and funneled money into their fund, according to court documents.

Ben-Israel pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns in September and was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison in December. He was ordered to pay more than $2 million restitution.

Myers -- who has a history of embezzling from his elderly clients, federal prosecutors said -- also pleaded guilty in September to mail and wire fraud charges. He was sentenced to 5 1/3 years in prison on Tuesday. Myers was ordered to pay more than $1 million restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4343. Twitter updates: twitter.com/kcgrove.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service