Disbarred Lawyer Charged With Embezzlement

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former member of a prominent West Virginia law firm is expected to
plead guilty to a federal fraud charge.

Federal prosecutors requested a plea hearing for Leonard Coleman,
a former lawyer with the Goodwin and Goodwin firm, who was fired last year for theft.

A federal criminal filing alleges Coleman had nearly 200-thousand dollars in payments from clients rerouted to his personal bank account.

Coleman did bond work for the firm.

Prosecutors allege he committed mail fraud by receiving and then depositing a ten-thousand-dollar check from one bond client.

The state Supreme Court annulled Coleman's law license last year.

The federal criminal filing indicates Coleman has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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