Disbarred lawyer gets four years in prison

A disbarred Halifax lawyer was sentenced to four years in prisonyesterday for stealing over $1.3 million from the trust funds ofclients from 2000 to 2005.

A disbarred Halifax lawyer was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for stealing over $1.3 million from the trust funds of clients from 2000 to 2005.

Srinivasen Pillay, 51, pleaded guilty last month to 33 counts of theft over $5,000 and one count of theft under $5,000. As part of his sentence yesterday in a Halifax courtroom, Pillay was also handed a restitution order for $1.38 million to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, who disbarred Pillay in 2005 after finding him guilty of professional misconduct.

The Society compensated those for their losses, and to help pay for the bill, imposed a one-time levee of $750 for each lawyer in Nova Scotia.