LaPlace lawyer indicted for stealing more than $50,000 from clients
BATON ROUGE, LA — A LaPlace lawyer has been indicted in connection with stealing more than $50,000 from multiple clients, one of them elderly, prosecutors said today.
Kerry D. Brown, 42, of 144 East Lakeview Drive, was indicted Monday by a St. John the Baptist Parish grand jury on one count of felony theft, one count of compounding a felony, and six counts of forgery.
“The serious nature of these allegations clearly shows that the defendant abused his stature as an attorney to take advantage of vulnerable clients,” Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said. “The evidence indicates that he stole thousands of dollars for his own personal use.”
An investigation by Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's Office of Disciplinary Counsel revealed that Brown, a personal injury attorney, represented clients from October 2010 to April 2011 in several automobile accidents, allegedly failing to notify clients of settlements and failing to give funds to clients who were owed money. Brown surrendered to Louisiana State Police in May 2012 after a warrant for his arrest was issued.