Personal injury lawyer faces jail for stealing settlement funds from disabled clients

WHAT A HEEL: Disbarred Washington attorney and former D.C. Council candidate, Deairich Hunter, pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing $109,830 in settlements for clients in disability and personal injury cases between 2003 and 2009, The BLT: Blog of Legal Times reports:

In at least one instance cited in court filings, he stole funds that he was supposed to use to pay the medical bills of a client injured in a car accident. …

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors intend to recommend a sentencing guideline between 12 to 18 months; the maximum possible sentence is 10 years in prison. Hunter also agreed to fully pay back his clients. …

According to the statement of offense filed by prosecutors … Hunter settled claims without notifying his clients and then kept the proceeds.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Hunter, with his consent, in April 2009. He was disbarred in Maryland in November 2009.

Hunter, who is scheduled to be sentenced April 26th, was released on personal recognizance until the hearing. He faces as much as 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The plea agreement also requires Hunter agreed to make full restitution to his victims.


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