Moriarty gets a new lawyer
March 24, 2014
Al Moriarty, the Grover Beach man accused of running a $22 million Ponzi scheme, was appointed a new lawyer after his former lawyer had his law license suspended.
Moriarty is accused of placing nearly $10 million of investor funds in his personal bank account, according to San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office investigators. Moriarty, 80, allegedly used the funds to pay other investors, construction cost on his own home and other personal and business expenses.
Shortly after Moriarty’s arrest last May on seven felony charges, he retained Tom Allen as his attorney. Then he met Santa Maria attorney Scott Whitenack inside the San Luis Obispo County Jail where they were both incarcerated.
San Luis Obispo County law enforcement officers arrested Whitenack three times last year for a range of misdemeanors and felonies, including public intoxication and second-degree burglary.
Prior to leaving jail last September, Whitenack talked Moriarty, 80, into switching attorneys. Nevertheless, because of Whitenack’s legal issues the California State Bar’s has placed him under and interim suspension order, meaning that he cannot currently practice law.
On March 19, Judge Teresa Estrada-Mullaney appointed San Luis Obispo based attorney Jeffrey D. Stulberg as Moriarty’s attorney of record.
A trial setting conference is scheduled for April 30.