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Convicted Treasury thief to pay restitution

BOSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A lawyer convicted of stealing $9.4 million from the Massachusetts state Treasury says he will pay $425,560 in restitution as a result of his crimes.

While lawyers for Richard C. Arrighi alleged in court documents this week that the disbarred lawyer had no net worth since serving nearly two years in prison as a result of his crimes, lawyers for the state attorney general presented evidence that Arrighi own valuable property and goods, The Boston Globe said Thursday.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's lawyers presented Suffolk Superior Court with evidence that despite his lawyer's claims, Arrighi owns a home worth more than $1.5 million and three valuable vehicles.

Arrighi's lawyer, Joseph J. Balliro Jr., said faced with the new evidence, his client agreed to pay restitution pending from his previous conviction on related charges.

"When you have a risk of incarceration, especially for a gentleman like Mr. Arrighi, you reconsider your position and do whatever's necessary," Balliro said after Arrighi's agreement Wednesday.

The Globe said since being convicted in 2001 for stealing the state money, Arrighi paid a lump restitution sum of $100,000 and has been paying $250 each month as a result of his crimes.

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