Gary Kovacs, According To Court Records, Fled Before Guilty Verdicts Read. Bench Warrant Issued. Kovacs Now In Jail.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton attorney charged with money laundering and fraud has been found guilty. But Gary Kovacs wasn’t present for the reading of the verdict on October 1st, which led a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.
That warrant was executed days later. Kovacs is now behind bars.
Gary Kovacs was first arrested in September of 2018. In a lengthy Boca Raton police report, which we are publishing below, he was accused of “keeping checks from clients that (his) law firm was entitled to.” After a lengthy investigation, Boca Raton Police arrested Kovcas “for grand theft over $100,000 and organized fraud over $50,000.”
Kovacs was released on bond hours after his 2018 arrest.
Fast forward to October 1st, 2021. Kovacs allegedly left court after the jury announced a verdict had been reached, but before that verdict was read.
Judge Daliah Weiss issued a bench warrant for Kovacs’ arrest. He was apprehended a short time later.
It was not immediately clear where Kovacs went or where he was apprehended.
The judge’s notes list the timing of events from October 1st”
1:38:32 p.m. — “Court reconvenes, jury has a verdict, defendant not present at this time.”
1:41:51 p.m — Court in recess.
1:58:59 p.m. — Court reconvenes.
1:59:45 p.m. — Defendant not present.
2:06:00 p.m. — Verdict: Count 1 Guilty As Charged.
2:06:14 p.m. — Verdict: Count 2 Guilty As Charged.
2:06:27 p.m. — Verdict: Count 3 Guilty As Charged.
Kovacs is now being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail. He is set to be sentenced on November 12th, 2021.
Read the original police report, below. If it does not appear, access the report here.
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