Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Scam, Gets Probation

Steven Liss Sentenced To 3 Years Probation For Role In Apartment Rental Scheme

A former La Jolla attorney will spend the next three years on probation after the 10News I-Team caught him on camera running his latest scam.

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Drew Melgar told the I-Team he lost thousands of dollars to Steven Liss, paying him to rent an apartment Liss didn't own.

On Tuesday, Liss pleaded guilty to grand theft for taking money from Melgar and the apartment's real owner.

In court, Liss would not talk about his sentence or his crime. He did say in his probation report that he has "been under unbelievable stress which was both related to work and personal problems."

Liss claimed "his marriage fell apart" and that "his wife had mismanaged their finances."

Liss was ordered to serve 120 days in jail and is required to pay restitution in the amount of $16,700.

The I-Team first began reporting on Liss nine years ago while he was running an adoption law practice in La Jolla. Liss was exposed for taking money from clients but never filing paperwork to make an adoption legal.

In one instance, a mother lost her adopted daughter after just six weeks.

Sources said Liss is now back in the baby business, running a website surrogacysolutionsinternational.net. The site solicits donors and those who want a baby.

When asked if he was going to pay back Melgar and his other victim, Liss did not respond.

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