by Structured Settlement Watchdog
Convict Thomas Rubino, a former paralegal who faced 234 counts of forgery, forged 76 judge's signatures on 117 structured settlement transfer documents to the detriment of the clients of New York law firm, Paris & Chaikin and led to multiple law suits against his former employers was sentenced to 6 months in jail, when prosecutors recommended 2 to 6 years.
Thomas Rubino is an admitted liar who lied about going to law school. Thomas Rubino is an a admitted liar who after he knew he had been caught in the forgery, had the presence of mind to lie that his uncle died so he could leave Paris & Chalking's Penn Plaza offices and to put his cell phone on a (Amtrak) train going to Connecticut and then took a train to Philadelphia. Straight out of the movies. Download Thomas Rubino Voluntary Disclosure to New York DA about Rubino's lies and forgeries
Here are the New York State laws on forgery. Despite the magnitude of the forgeries, Rubino's sentence appears to be the same as for a Class A Misdemeanor.
Harvard Law School graduate Judge Thomas Farber's mind boggling math means that Rubino gets about 1 month for every 19-20 orders forged. Is 6 months of baloney sandwiches, courtesy of New York taxpayers, supposed to be a deterrent? At first glance, it seems more like an inadequate amount of elbow grease for the first attempt at trying to get your dog's "skid marks" out of your carpet.
According to a January 10, 2017 report in the New York Post [which first reported Rubino's crimes with the sensational headline "Law and Forger"]:
In 2011, Rubino was drowning in insurance settlement forms when he discovered that forgery was a real time saver.
“Each year, the workload increased and I had difficulty keeping up,” Rubino told investigators after his 2015 arrest. “I made the forged orders when I felt overwhelmed with work. I was motivated out of fear that the work wouldn’t get done.”
Rubino copped a plea to 10 counts of forgery, despite reports in September 2015 that he admitted to 117 forged documents.