Prominent GOP Lawyer Accused Of Swindling Seniors

Ocean County elder law attorney and Republican donor Robert C. Novy, managing partner of the Manchester firm Novy & Associates is facing ethics charges accusing him of knowingly misappropriating the funds of elderly clients.

Robert Novy, Esq.

Robert Novy, Esq.

Novy Accused Of Commingling Personal And Client Funds

The complaint, filed by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics, alleges that Mr. Novy took $117,000 from the estate of a client in 2012 and 2013. According to the complaint, on another occasion, he allegedly withdrew $34,822 from the client’s bank account and deposited the cash in his personal bank account.

Commingling personal and client funds is a big no-no under New Jersey’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which all licensed attorneys must follow upon admission to practice.

For a different client, Mr. Novy was further accused of taking $240,000 and depositing it to his attorney trust account, when they were instead required to be deposited with a corporate trustee. In the answer to the complaint, Novy claims to have had no prior disciplinary history since being admitted to practice in 1976.

Allegations Disputed, Disciplinary Hearings To Be Held

Mr. Novy, who is also the host of WOBM-AM radio show “Inside the Law” is being represented by Morristown attorney Thomas Curtin in the disciplinary proceedings. Mr. Curtin filed an answer to the complaint, and in the the answer claims that the financial transfers were “…not done intentionally or maliciously and were intended to be done in the interests of the client[s].”

Novy’s attorney additionally claims that Mr. Novy “did not knowingly violate” any rules of professional conduct, and that the Office of Attorney Ethics cannot sustain its burden of “clear and convincing evidence” to establish his guilt.

Further, Novy’s attorney contends that his client’s law firm changed their standard operating procedures to prevent such an incident from occurring in the future.

You can read the full complaint and answer here. Ocean County Politics will cover the future public disclipinary hearings that will be held in this matter along with their outcome. Novy has yet to be convicted of any violation or any crime in this matter.

The public documents revealing the allegations were first obtained by New Jersey Foundation for Open Government board member John Paff.

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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16 Responses

  1. kickyourace says:

    Serious shit if true, like lose your licence to practice.

  2. guest says:

    A favorite of the Toms River Rep. leadership.

  3. rt says:

    a scum like novy should get his dick cut off

    • Toledo says:

      If he is good, maybe the powers that be in Toms River, will get him a job in Town Hall, the DPW, TRMUA or one of their other hiring pits around town.

  4. Brandon L. says:

    Check out his s@*$ eating grin.. Must feel good screwing people out of their money.

  5. Chris bauman says:

    This dude looks like a fucking putz… is he smiling cause he just got helmet in his asshole?

  6. Ryan Jacobson says:

    What a horrible person. How can anyone live with themselves. I heard he hires people just like him at this firm, disgusting. Every employee at this firm should be blacklisted and limited to employment at McDonald’s for the rest of their lives.

    Scumbags. All of them.

    Imagining trying to market this guy? Disgraceful. Where is the humanity anymore? Robbing old people? How low can you get. The point of having a company is to create jobs and stop unemployment. Now, everyone their will never be able to find a job after they go under. Sad, sad, sad.

  7. Pan Demic says:

    what a mug!

  8. RealityOC says:

    I produced Senior Expos years ago, and remember Bob Novy as a partner with “Shea & Novy” in Toms River. He was always going on expensive getaways, driving expensive cars. Shea & Novy split up, and Novy went on to start his own practice in Manchester “seniorland” (how clever he was). I am not surprised at what he did, because I never felt he was honest. It was the same feeling I had with Joe Portash, a politician in Ocean County, who bilked seniors as well. Most of these seniors Novy scammed were dementia, and if they had no family or relatives, the State should come up with an option to protect them. Novy will be dis-barred, but there are more Novys out there ready to take his place.

  9. Brian Almeter says:

    Does anybody know of victims getting together to prosecute? Is there a reputable attorney in NJ that handles cases like this?

    • Charles N says:

      I never saw the word reputable and attorney used in the same sentence. Just shows there’s always a first for everything.

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