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Grand jury to review Lockport lawyer's alleged theft

A Niagara County grand jury is expected to review the case of Edward R. Thiel, the former Lockport attorney charged with stealing more than $63,000 from clients in a real estate deal.

Thiel waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lockport City Court, thus making the case eligible for grand jury presentation.

Court papers say Thiel, 73, told an investigator from the Niagara County District Attorney's Office that the money from the sale of a house on Chestnut Road in Wilson in 2014 was used to pay for extensive dental work.

Thiel, who was arrested June 2 on a charge of second-degree grand larceny, told the investigator that if his clients want their money back, they will likely have to apply to a state fund that reimburses victims of thefts by attorneys.

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