JOSH SALMAN, Sarasota Herald Tribune

To his clients and business partners, Paul Pysczynski was a hard-working lawyer with a penchant for helping struggling homeowners to avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy.

But police reports now contend that the 46-year-old attorney was embezzling funds from those he was hired to help.

Pysczynski is accused of stealing from nearly a dozen clients in the greater Tampa Bay area through a scheme that mirrors those surfacing nationwide.

In May, he was arrested in St. Louis for practicing law with a suspended license. He also faces more than a half dozen felony charges tied to his Southwest Florida foreclosure and loan rescue efforts.

“It appears he was operating an illegal foreclosure rescue and bankruptcy scheme,” Assistant State Attorney Daniel Yuter said. “It’s a relatively complex and unique case.”

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