Claude Castro Esq Claude Castro and Associates Claude Castro Esq Stole Over $300,000 New York New York!!. Wow! Claude Castro Esq was suspended from practicing law in 2019 for strealing money from another client. In 1984, Claude Castro stole over $300,000 from my mother from a settlement with NY Magazine that he negotiated. A complaint was filed with the NY DA’s office. But after he cried and begged my mother not to get him disbarred, she felt sorry for him and dropped the complaint. Castro then started giving my mother free legal services for years to repay her. I remember that day when I and my mother sat in his office at 444 Madison and confronted him with the settlement agreement. He admitted the theft and cried to my mother not to get him disbarred and that he would make it up to her. Once a crook, always a crook.