Former Kansas lawyer admits stealing from clients’ estate

March 19, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former lawyer has admitted stealing from a bankruptcy estate of a couple he once represented.

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that 69-year-old Christopher O’Brien of Wichita pleaded guilty Monday to one count of embezzlement from an estate. In his plea, O’Brien admitted he embezzled $132,000 from the estate of Roger and Maria Altis.

He also agreed as part of his plea agreement to an order of restitution for more than $780,000 that includes the Altis case and two others.

O’Brien has voluntarily surrendered his law to practice law in Kansas.

Prosecutors say he faces up to five years in prison at his June 3 sentencing

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