Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lawyer accused of stealing from trusts pleads guilty

Lawyer accused of stealing from trusts pleads guilty

Posted: Nov 11, 2016 9:27 AM CST Updated: Nov 14, 2016 4:00 PM CST
Editor's note: To our new A.G.: This putrid deed is repeated daily in the halls of the Probate Court of Cook County.  We sincerely pray that the new regime in Washington will look upon the thousands of complaints that were unacted upon by the previous law enforcement officials.  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster,

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont attorney accused of stealing money from trust accounts has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
The Bennington Banner reports that 60-year-old William O'Brien of Winooski faces up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine when he's sentenced in May.
Prosecutors say O'Brien diverted money from trust and bank accounts under his control and used them for both personal use and for his law practice between 2007 and 2015. He also was charged with filing false reports about taxes with a probate court to cover up the theft.
The exact amount of money diverted is unclear, but court documents say it was between $250,000 and $500,000.
O'Brien's clients have included the city of Winooski and the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.

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