Kansas Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Clients

By: AP, posted by Sarah Plake
By: AP, posted by Sarah Plake

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A former Topeka lawyer pleaded guilty to stealing more than several clients' trust funds.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 52-year-old Robert M. Telthorst pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

Telthorst admitted that from November 2005 to August 2011 he took clients' money for his personal use and to voer up thefts from other clients' trust accounts.

His victims include a charitable trust of $80,000 set up for the University of Kansas School of Business. After Telthorst's thefts, the balance was $1,750.

He will be sentenced February 19. Both parties have agreed to recommend a five-year sentence and restitution of $460,542.


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