Douglas Arntsen, the Globetrotting, Real-Estate-Robbing Attorney, Takes Guilty Plea

He entered the court room looking stockier and better-dressed than he did in January. Back then, fresh off a plane from Hong Kong, attorney Douglas Arntsen was gaunt and thin, wearing a black track suit and a look of exhaustion following the extradition that brought him to 100 Centre Street to stand charges for his larcenous ways.

This afternoon, inside the court room of Judge Jill Konviser, Mr. Arntsen, the Staten Island kid who grew to become an accomplished corporate barrister at Crowell & Moring LLP, was ready to admit his guilt. Through his own attorney Alan Lewis, and after an initial not guilty plea and months of negotiations with Manhattan prosecutors, Mr. Arntsen agreed to plead guilty to three counts of grand larceny in the first degree and one count of scheming to defraud in the first degree. He is expected to face 4-12 years in state prison. He will be sentenced on October 17.
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