FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A disbarred attorney has been convicted of withdrawing cash from a court-ordered escrow fund in his attorney trust account.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 50-year-old Eugene LaVergne, of West Long Branch, faces nearly 12 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 19. He was convicted of misapplication of entrusted funds and contempt of court.

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The charges stemmed from LaVergne’s representation of an estate that was in litigation before a state chancery court judge from July 2009 through November 2010.

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The judge ordered LaVergne to hold $200,000 in escrow in his attorney trust account, pending the resolution of certain issues in the matter. But he instead took about $108,000 from the escrowed funds by making 130 cash withdrawals and used the funds to pay numerous personal bills and expenses.

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