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Former lawyer gets prison time for stealing from vet

Apr. 4, 2013 - 08:57AM   |  
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A former Lexington attorney has been sentenced in Ohio to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $640,000 in Social Security benefits from a disabled military veteran he represented.

The Lexington Herald-Leader quoted a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office for southern Ohio in reporting that Brian P. Gilfedder was sentenced on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to stealing federal payments to a client identified in court papers only as “J.M.”

Gilfedder, who also lost his law license, was appointed to manage J.M.’s financial accounts in 1990 as part of the Veterans Affairs Fiduciary Program, established to provide for veterans and other beneficiaries who are unable to manage their financial affairs because of disease, injury or age.

Gifedder was ordered to repay the money.

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