By Andrew Court For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:03 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 15:04 BST, 4 September 2020
A New York state lawyer reportedly stole close to $1 million from a cancer-stricken cop who was awarded the cash from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
The unnamed officer contracted cancer working with the NYPD on the Ground Zero rescue and recovery operation following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
In 2013, the ailing officer hired Westchester attorney Gustavo Vila, 62, to represent him and the pair filed a claim with the Compensation Fund.
Vila signed documents authorizing the Fund to place any payments into his own bank account.
Disgraced New York attorney Gustavo Vila reportedly stole close to $1 million from a cancer-stricken cop who was awarded the cash from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
In 2015, Vila was disbarred in 2015 for an unrelated offense, but continued to represent the officer.
The following year, the