Morro Bay lawyer pleads no contest to stealing from elderly
October 30, 2015
A Morro Bay attorney could spend a year in jail following a plea he entered Thursday in a grand theft case involving elderly clients. [Tribune]
John Patrick Fennacy, 50, pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of grand theft over $950. Prosecutors dropped an enhancement alleging he stole more than $65,000 worth of property.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office initially alleged in a criminal complaint that Fenncay embezzled at least $65,000 from a client’s trust fund. Fennacy allegedly embezzled the money between November 2012 and November 2013.
Fennacy specialized in elder law and estate planning, according to his website, which is no longer online.
From January 2012 to May 2014, Fennacy served on the Morro Bay Planning Commission. He also co-owned owned Brickhouse BBQ in Morro Bay. Fennacy’s son now has full ownership of the restaurant.
Fennacy faces a maximum sentence of one year in the San Luis Obispo County Jail, five years of formal probation and 100 hours of community service. He must also pay an undetermined amount of restitution.
Likewise, Fennacy must forfeit his law license immediately and agree not to practice law again until he completes his probation.
His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8.