PROVIDENCE — A former solicitor for the town of Burrillville will plead guilty to fraud and theft charges following a federal plea agreement released this week by the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.
Oleg Nikolyszyn served as assistant solicitor and then solicitor for the town, until he was suspended from practicing law and resigned in 2016 following the allegations.
Nikolyszyn reportedly served as the attorney for a man who had earned a pension from the city of Providence and the Laborer’s International Union of North America, and in 2000, began receiving monthly payments on his behalf.
The man later moved to Poland, and then died in 2003.
From the man’s death until 2015, Nikolyszyn reportedly continued receiving pension checks on his behalf, collecting $173,597 from the Providence Pension Fund and $60,989 from LIUNA. He deposited the funds in a joint account he held with the deceased and then transferred the money to his personal account.
He will plead guilty according to the plea agreement, avoiding a sentence of up to 45 years in jail and a maximum $750,000 fine if the case were to go to trial.
Instead, the plea agreement states that Nikolyszyn will be sentenced to no more than two years in prison after he pleads guilty to mail fraud and theft from an employee benefit pension fund.