A Newport Beach attorney faces charges of embezzling more than $700,000 from two sisters after offering to help them with their finances, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Peter David Nitschke, 45, was a family friend of the alleged victims and president of the women's church congregation. He offered to help them following the death of their 95-year-old mother in 2010, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
The mother left her daughters, ages 65 and 69, a house in Northern California and about $675,000 in various bank accounts, prosecutors said.
Nitschke requested that the two women write him cashier's checks in the amount that remained in their mother's bank accounts. Rather than deposit the money into their accounts, as required by the state bar, he deposited the money into his personal accounts, according to the D.A.'s office.
Earlier this year, family members asked for money from Nitschke to pay for a nursing home and medical expenses, prosecutors said.