A Santa Clarita attorney suspected of stealing more than $300,000 in valuable guns, jewelry and art from the estate of a deceased friend has been charged with multiple counts of grand theft and perjury, the District Attorney’s office announced today.
Leslie Scott McAfee, 59, was arrested Tuesday by Los Angeles Police at his Sylmar home. Detectives executed a search warrant and arrested McAfee on a felony complaint for an arrest warrant filed by the Deputy District Attorney Karen Rizzo. He is being held on $2.2 million bail.
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McAfee is suspected of stealing a vast specialty gun collection, along with cash, a coin collection, jewelry and art from the estate of William Sherinyan, a friend who died of cancer in March 2010. When the named beneficiaries in the man’s will received nothing from the estate, one beneficiary contacted police.
Prosecutors allege McAfee unsuccessfully tried to be appointed the estate’s executor.
McAfee is charged with four counts of grand theft, 35 counts of grand theft of a firearm, six counts of perjury and one count of forgery. The perjury charge stems from McAfee allegedly claiming to be executor of the estate when he re-registered several guns in his name.
McAfee is charged with forgery for allegedly signing the decedent’s name on a check two days after the man passed away.
The loss currently is estimated to be $300,000, but investigators are still evaluating the value of art works and guns.
McAfee is scheduled to be arraigned after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at San Fernando Superior Court, Department S. If convicted, he faces up to 37 years in state prison.