Lawyer sentenced for pilfering estate of Brooklyn Judge

Attorney Frank Racano admitted to pilfering the estate of the late Brooklyn Judge John Phillips out of nearly $600,000, most of which he spent on a condo for his mother. Phillips was known as the “Kung Fu Judge” because of his black belt — and his tendency to incorporate martial arts gestures into his jurisprudence. Racano wrote 300 checks to himself from the judge’s escrow account after he was hired by family to handle Phillips’ estate.

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