Former Lawyer Pleads Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former lawyer disbarred after stealing more than $195,000 from a law firm has pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge.

According to a criminal information, Leonard S. Coleman embezzled client fees from Goodwin and Goodwin of Charleston between September 2004 and May 2005.

Goodwin and Goodwin was handling various bond deals when Coleman had payments due the firm rerouted to his personal bank account.

The law firm fired him after discovering the thefts, and reported him to the State Bar.

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

Under the plea agreement, Coleman is to make full restitution, minus $3,000 he repaid the firm in July 2005.

He is scheduled to be sentenced December 12th and faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.


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