A disbarred lawyer pleaded responsible and was instantly sentenced to 6 months in jail and three years’ probation Friday for taking almost $one hundred fifty,000 from three individuals and utilizing it to pay private money owed.
Fred Raymond Hunter Jr., 50, of Riverside, who was disbarred Oct. sixteen, 2014, pleaded responsible to 3 felony counts of embezzlement by a fiduciary of belief, with sentencing enhancement allegations for theft exceeding $one hundred,000 and aggravated white collar crime exceeding $one hundred,000.
Between June and November 2013, Hunter used about $four,600 in funds from authorized settlements that have been owed to a shopper to pay a debt to a different shopper, Deputy District Lawyer Gautam Sood stated when fees have been filed final yr.
Throughout the identical interval, he embezzled about $fifty two,200 from one other shopper’s settlement for a similar causes, Sood stated.
Between April and July of 2014, he appropriated about $88,800 from a 3rd sufferer’s settlement in a fraudulent approach, based on the prosecutor.
Hunter’s disbarment stemmed from a dispute he had with a shopper, Mario Pineda, in response to the state Bar of California. The felony grievance didn’t embrace claims from that case. Pineda employed Hunter to pursue a private damage and property injury declare stemming from a car accident on Nov. 20, 2009, in response to the state Bar.
Hunter took two checks from the shopper’s insurance coverage firm amounting to $three,609 for medical payments and cast Pineda’s signature on them, then deposited them right into a belief account for the shopper in April of 2010. Hunter didn’t use the cash to pay the medical payments, the Bar reported.
Hunter acquired a $15,000 settlement from an insurance coverage firm in March 2011, however didn’t give it to his shopper, as an alternative maintaining the cash “for his personal use and functions,” based on the Bar.
Hunter additionally stored improperly representing the shopper within the litigation even after he was fired and one other agency was employed to switch him, in accordance with the state Bar. That made it harder for the shopper to resolve the litigation afterward.
Hunter’s lawyer, Donald Rance Welch, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Sood was additionally not instantly obtainable for remark.
— Metropolis Information Service
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