Lawyer awaiting sentencing in drug case pleads guilty to $87,000 theft from client

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NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania — A suburban Philadelphia attorney awaiting sentencing in the illegal sale of prescription painkillers has now pleaded guilty to having stolen more than $87,000 from a client.

Fifty-four-year-old Gregory Noonan of Lansdale pleaded guilty Monday in Montgomery County Court to forgery and theft by deception in the January 2012 theft. He told the judge that his law partner was sick and his practice was "spinning out of control."

Noonan pleaded guilty earlier to multiple drug-related charges after authorities said he sold an undercover Philadelphia police officer 179 oxycodone pills in late 2013. He turned in his law license a year ago.

Judge William Carpenter will sentence Noonan in both the embezzling and drug cases later. Prosecutors said earlier that they would seek two minimum mandatory three-year terms in the drug cases.

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