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N.O. attorney sentenced for defrauding pro athletes

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FOX 8 received this news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans Wednesday afternoon:

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - ROBERT HACKETT, age 67, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to 51 months imprisonment for mail fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente. The defendant was also ordered to pay $727,230.20 in restitution to his victims.

According to court documents, HACKETT was an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Louisiana. As part of his law practice, HACKETT represented professional athletes in their workers' compensation claims.

Beginning in January 1997 and continuing until December 2007, HACKETT defrauded his clients out of approximately $727,230.20. HACKETT mailed correspondence to his clients and to his clients' insurers in order to secure payment for his clients' injuries. HACKETT caused payments from the insurers to be sent to his custody, and then deposited the payments into his own bank account, spending the money for his own personal expenses. In many instances, HACKETT forged his clients' signatures and deposited the payments into his own bank account without his clients' knowledge.

The case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney G. Dall Kammer

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