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Laplace lawyer pleads guilty to stealing money from elderly client

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Laplace, La. - A Laplace lawyer pled guilty to stealing over $58,000 in settlements from an elderly client. Kerry D. Brown, 42, entered the guilty plea in the 40th Judicial District Court in Laplace on counts of theft of the assets of an aged person, forgery and monetary instrument abuse. 

According to a release from the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, Brown, who is a personal injury attorney, represented an elderly client in an auto accident. The case was settled out of court, in April 2010. Brown failed to notify the client of the settlement and forged the client's signature on the settlement checks before depositing the money in the law firm's trust account. Brown wrote checks, totaling more than $58,000, from the trust fund to himself. 

Louisiana State Police along with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigated the case against Brown. After revealing Brown's wrongdoings, an arrest warrant was issued in May 2012 and Brown turned himself into police.

He was given a five-year suspended sentence on each count, two years active supervised probation and three years of inactive probation, by Special Ad Hoc Judge Michael Kirby. Brown also had to pay the elderly client $58,041.09 and pay $5,000 in fines and court costs. Pending the outcome of the case, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's Office of Disciplinary placed Brown on an interim suspension in December 2011.  

 

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