Former Bridgeport Attorney Charged with Stealing Client Funds

A New Jersey man who had practiced law in Bridgeport was arrested today and charged with stealing more than $9,000 he collected from a client to make a payment in bankruptcy proceeding.

ALFRED J. CALI, age 61, of 112 Front Street, North Arlington, N.J., was arrested by Inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging him with one count of Larceny in the Second Degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Cali, while an attorney practicing law in Bridgeport in 2016, deposited into his personal account a check for $9,614 that he received from a client to be forwarded to the lender in a bankruptcy proceeding.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau following a complaint from the Statewide Grievance Committee, which regulates attorney conduct in Connecticut. Cali has since been suspended from practicing law in Connecticut.

The charge is merely an accusation, and Cali is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Larceny in the Second Degree is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

Cali was detained by law enforcement authorities in New Jersey where he was arrested by Inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau and returned to Connecticut. He was arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court where bond was set at $50,000 and the case was continued until October 31, 2018.

The Statewide Prosecution Bureau is prosecuting the case.