Lawyer Convicted of Fraud Found In Mexico After 6 Years on the Run
By Kiratiana Freelon on January 24, 2013 5:03pm
CHICAGO — A disbarred Chicago lawyer has been caught in Mexico after more than six years on the run, officials said.
Steven Della Rose, 61, was indicted on federal charges for failing to surrender to authorities after being convicted for defrauding a client, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The disbarred lawyer was found guilty of defrauding a client out of $64,000 in a worker’s compensation case in 2002. After his jail sentence was delayed by two appeals, he was ordered to surrender in late 2006.
Della Rose remained a fugitive until surrendering to authorities in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Dec. 11, 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Della Rose immediately began serving his previous sentence of 41 months upon capture.
If convicted on his new charges, he could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said.