Lake Worth attorney Timothy McCabe packed a suitcase for a routine overnight trip to Tampa early on the Tuesday morning after Easter. It was nothing unusual. His foreclosure defense clients were scattered statewide and he sometimes traveled for court hearings.
Then he vanished, his law firm’s bank accounts drained of millions of dollars.
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Email sent to colleages April 2:
I love each of you. You are all victims of my very bad business decisions. I have done things unknown to any of you that have have been financially devastating. I am trying to set it right over the next few days. I am to solely blame for any wrongdoing that may be discovered at the firm. I hope and pray that I may set this right within the next few days. I will contact you later this week. I believe it will be resolved. I am truly sorry for any pain that I may have caused to you or your families. If I can not set this right then I will set my affairs in order. It was never my intent to harm any of you in any way. I have done so many things and kept them secret from each of you and my wife. If I can rectify them this week so be it. If not then I alone should suffer any consequences. I can without reservation say that none of you had any idea what I was doing secretly. I assure you that it was not for personal gain. I have left my wife and children without penniless. I have ruined their lives and yours. I made people millions of dollars the past several years (they know who they are) but none for us. I am truly sorry. May have God have mercy on my sole. Please forgive me. Tim
Oct. 12, 2012: Final foreclosure judgment in favor of the bank is made on one of the McCabe’s investment properties. It is dismissed following a short sale.
Dec. 19, 2012: A home equity loan of $386,000 is paid off on McCabe’s primary residence.
March 27: Florida Bar sends formal complaint to the Florida Supreme Court regarding McCabe’s actions in his own foreclosure case. That case is still pending.
March 28: Warranty deed signed to make Donna McCabe sole owner of Boca Raton home.
March 29: Client and friend Marie Pupke speaks with McCabe for the last time before his disappearance. She’s concerned about escrow money and tells him she’ll see him in the office April 2.
April 2: McCabe packs suitcase for an overnight trip to Tampa for a hearing.
April 2, 4:30 p.m.: McCabe sends e-mails to his wife and colleagues saying he’s had secret dealings that have been financially ruinous, and that he’s trying to “rectify” the situation.
April 3: Law office partner Steve Samiljan has someone check the firm’s bank accounts, which are missing between $3 million and $4 million.
April 4: Samiljan asks for advice from his attorney on how to notify the Florida Bar.
April 5: Samiljan contacts the Florida Bar.
McCabe’s wife files a missing person’s report with the Boca Raton Police Department.
McCabe calls his best friend, David Rorabeck, and tells him he’s depressed about his financial situation. Rorabeck tells the Boca Raton police, who tell him the call came from North Carolina.