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Hardwick, 53, formerly of Dunwoody, used to dream of growing Morris Hardwick Schneider into one of the top real estate law firms in America. He wanted offices in 50 states. He made a dent, with outposts in 16 states, before it all fell apart when allegations emerged that he’d been taking money from company accounts, the firm filed for bankruptcy, and his law license was suspended in 2016 by the Georgia Supreme Court.
The feds then went after him for defrauding the firm of millions to fund his gambling habit and want for a luxurious existence.
This past October, the jury convicted Hardwick of conspiring to commit wire fraud and multiple counts of wire fraud and making a false statement to federally insured financial institution.
The judge’s order said Hardwick must pay $23.3 million for Fidelity Bank and another $17 million to individuals.
No ruling has been made on Hardwick’s objection to the restitution order.