Sentencing scheduled in Osmond case
A former Bradford County attorney and township solicitor is scheduled to be sentenced later this week after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony theft charge in Tioga County, Pa. last month.
Jeffrey Osmond will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Friday in Tioga County Court, according to court information. Osmond, 45, of Sayre, entered a guilty plea June 18 to one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in jail.
Osmond, who formerly served as Athens Township solicitor and operated a law office in Towanda, was arrested in June 2011 on allegations that he mismanaged and stole $350,000 from a trust fund established for an autistic man following the death of his father, according to information from the state attorney general's office.
Osmond prepared a will in July 1998 for Wendell Baker of Elkland Township, establishing a trust for his son, according to the attorney general's office. Baker's son received limited state benefits in California.
Following Baker's death in April 2000, Osmond, the executor of the estate, was required to pay his son a monthly income from the estate to help support expenses not covered by state benefits, according to the attorney general's office. However, out of the $331,000 transferred from the Wendell Baker estate to the Charles C. Baker Trust, only $38,763 was spent to assist Baker's son.
The criminal complaint against Osmond alleged that he used the remaining trust money for his own purposes while continuing to charge the estate an executor fee and an attorney fee.
The state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board suspended Osmond from practicing law in June 2009 after he failed to comply with a subpoena in a related civil case. Osmond was disbarred on consent from the Pennsylvania Bar Association in October 2010.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.