Disbarred Fayette County lawyer Timperio charged with theft

Mary Pickels
| Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 5:03 p.m.

A disbarred Fayette County attorney was charged on Friday with theft and receiving stolen property by the state police organized crime task force.

According to criminal complaints filed with Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros, Nicholas E. Timperio Jr., 44, of Uniontown was arraigned on two counts of failing to make required restitution paid by former clients.

Trooper Mark Galli filed two complaints against Timperio.

The first involves Timperio's former client, Gregory Allen Lockhart, who told police that he hired Timperio to represent his grandson, John G. Gordon, in a criminal case.

After a preliminary hearing in May 2011, the complaint said, Timperio approached Lockhart and said that if $2,060 in restitution was paid in full within 30 days, the charges could be reduced or dismissed.

Lockhart said he asked for documentation before paying. After nearly 30 days, Lockhart and Gordon met with Timperio and gave him $2,060, requesting a receipt when the recipient was paid.

That recipient, the victim in the criminal case, told police in September that he had not received his restitution.

Restitution was made by Lockhart's new law firm, according to the complaint.

In the second case, Galli said, James Elwood Fisher Jr. hired Timperio to represent his fiancee, Janet Shaffer, in a criminal case.

Fisher told police that he gave Timperio $8,474 in required restitution in October 2010 and was provided with a receipt. That payment did not reach the clerk's office, the complaint stated, and Fisher paid the court directly.

In April, Timperio agreed to an involuntary disbarment rather than fight allegations made to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania about misconduct involving six clients.

According to documents filed by the board, Timperio admitted to the charges against him by agreeing to the disbarment.

The board contended that Timperio violated the rules of professional conduct while he represented six clients in civil cases between 2003 and 2007 in Fayette County.

Two cases were contract disputes, and four involved personal injury cases.

Timperio could not be reached for comment.

On Friday afternoon, his law office at 80 E. Main St. in Uniontown was dark, deserted and locked.

A man who identified himself as a family member said he is not in contact with Timperio and did not know how to reach him.

After his arraignment, Timperio was freed on $25,000 unsecured bond in each case.

He faces a preliminary hearing before Metros on Jan. 22.

Mary Pickels is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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