A Manhattan real estate attorney who in 2012 won full custody of her former lesbian partner's biological daughter after being deemed the more responsible of the two parents has been disbarred after she admitted to swindling clients out of $2million.
Allison Scollar's name on Thursday was removed from the roll of attorneys in the State of New York, nearly two years after she secretly pleaded guilty to grand larceny as part of a deal with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Scollar, 55, made headlines six years ago when she won a landmark legal victory over her estranged partner, Emmy Award-winning TV producer Brook Altman, 52, who lost full custody of her biological daughter, Harrison.
Altman conceived the child in 2006 after receiving a sperm donation from a close friend, who later renounced his parental rights, clearing the way for Scollar to legally adopt her.
Disgraced: Manhattan real estate attorney Allison Scollar (seen in her mugshot, left) has been disbarred after she admitted to swindling clients out of $2million. In 2012, she won full custody of her former partner's biological daughter (right)
Landmark case: Brook Altman, left, was the girl's biological mother, but the judge ruled that Scollar, right, was the more responsible of the two parents
A Family Court judge ruled in the fall of 2012 that Scollar was able to provide structure for Harrison and was more likely to look after the child’s interests, rather than her own, whereas her birth mother 'behaved more as a friend or older sister than a responsible parent.'
The girl, who is now 11 years old, has been splitting her time between the homes of her biological mother and Scollar as part of a court-ordered arrangement, but it is Scollar who currently maintains full custody of the girl.
However, in light of Scollar's criminal conviction and disbarment, that could soon change.
Speaking to the New York Post after her ex-girlfriend’s case was unsealed this week, a seemingly jubilant Altman gloated: 'Karma's a wonderful thing.'
Referring to the language of the Family Court's ruling that had stripped her of her daughter's custody six years ago, Altman sneered at the notion that Scollar was a 'responsible parent.'
‘She was an attorney who was stealing money right under everyone’s noses,’ the TV producer said.
The girl, who is now 11 years old (center), has been splitting her time between the homes of Scollar and her biological mother (pictured left with her fiancee)
Told you so: After learning of Scollar's disbarment and criminal conviction, Altman (pictured with her daughter), told a paper: 'Karma's a wonderful thing'
Attorney Hal Lieberman, who represented Scollar before the Appellate Division, declined to comment on the disbarment on Friday.
DailyMail.com also reached out to both Altman and Scollar and was awaiting their replies.
Scollar allegedly paid Israeli con man Eli Luski (pictured) masquerading as a former Mossad agent $125,000 after he offered to bribe the Family Court judge presiding over her custody case
The New York Daily News reported that Scollar allegedly stole $2million from legal clients' escrow accounts, and that she paid an Israeli con man masquerading as a former Mossad agent $125,000 after he offered to bribe the Family Court judge