Lawyer pleads guilty to stealing from client
LAPLACE - The state Attorney General's Office say a LaPlace lawyer has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $58,000 in settlement funds from an elderly client.
Prosecutors say Kerry D. Brown entered a guilty plea Monday to theft of the assets of an aged person, monetary instrument abuse, and forgery.
Brown, a personal injury attorney, represented an elderly client in an automobile accident which settled out of court in April 2010.
An investigation revealed that Brown did not notify the client of the settlement and failed to distribute the funds to the client.
Special Ad Hoc Judge Michael Kirby gave Brown a five-year suspended sentence on each count, two years active supervised probation and three years of inactive probation. He was also ordered to pay $58,041 in restitution to the victim.