Justice Department: Former Attorney Fraudulently Used Client Identities To Obtain Litigation Funding Advances

Justice Department: Former Attorney Fraudulently Used Client Identities To Obtain Litigation Funding Advances

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Georgia attorney for using client identifies to obtain litigation funding advances, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced yesterday that Chalmer “Chuck” Detling had been arraigned on multiple counts of wire fraud and identity theft, based on a federal grand jury indictment that alleged that Detling used the identities of 36 former clients without their authorization to obtain, and pocket for himself, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent litigation advances from litigation funding companies.

From 2014 to 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, Detling allegedly engaged in a scheme to defraud several litigation financing entities by obtaining 50 separate fraudulent litigation advances, totaling more than $383,000, in the names of his 36 of his law firm’s clients without the clients’ knowledge or authorization.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also said that Detling was able to obtain these fraudulent advances without his clients’ knowledge in part because the litigation financing companies did not require his clients to be present when applying for, or receiving, the advances.

For more information, see this page at the U.S. Department of Justice’s web site.

 

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