Texas Lawyer Heads To Prison For Stealing From Clients

FORT WORTH (AP) – A former North Texas lawyer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 from clients.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that 61-year-old Donald Driver in 2007 gave up his law license, in lieu of possible disciplinary action by the State Bar. Driver was accused of keeping cash settlements meant for his clients.

Driver, who continued to practice, was indicted in April on six counts of falsely working as a lawyer and two counts of misappropriating assets.

Prosecutors in Fort Worth say Driver pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to misappropriating client funds and falsely holding himself out as a lawyer. He was sentenced the same day.

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  • Joslin Jones

    But he WAS a lawyer, the kangaroo court system is a real joke.

  • FedUpTxn

    How is this different than the common local practice of attorneys taking large retainer fees, then doing nothing, refusing to take calls from their clients, account for the funds, or return any of it? Happens every day in Dallas! Whats even more outrageous, sit in a Dallas County family court any day and see how many lawyers “claim” the other party didn’t show up, but are NOT required to prove service, or better yet admit never serving the other party and the court grants whatever they want while ignoring the unserved party’s legal rights! Kangaroo court system indeed Joslin!

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