Area lawyer accused of stealing from clients

Lawyer from Kingston arrested for Grand Larceny


Major Richard L. Mazzone

Troop K Commander


On March 6, 2019, the New York State Police, in conjunction with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, arrested Michael R. Varble, age 48, of Kingston, for four counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree, a class D felony and three counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, a class E felony. 

In May of 2017 the State Police received a complaint of Michael Varble accepting retainer fees and other payments for legal services not provided. Investigation by the State Police and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office found that for a period of time, greater than a year, Varble took payment in excess of $28,000 dollars from multiple victims promising legal services, many of which were not provided, and the fees charged were never returned. 

Varble was arraigned before the city of Poughkeepsie Court, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secure bond. Varble is next scheduled to appear before the Court on March 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

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