Attorney William Conour gets 10 years in fraud case
Must repay $6.7 million to victims
Last Updated: 57 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis attorney has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for defrauding clients.
Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young handed down the sentence, mandating that the defendant, William F. Conour, pay more than $6.7 million in restitution to his victims in addition to his prison sentence.
Conour pled guilty on July 15 to charges that he had defrauded clients of more than $4.5 million dating back to 1999. According to court documents, Conour kept a majority of his clients' settlement proceedings for his own use.
Most of Conour's law practice was devoted to representing clients who had suffered serious injuries or death caused by construction site accidents, automobile collisions and accidents resulting in traumatic brain injury. Prosecutors alleged that instead of depositing the full amount of settlements into client trust accounts, Conour would provide funds only sufficient to enable the client to receive monthly payments for a year.
Prosecutors also alleged that Conour used newly obtained settlement funds to pay old settlements and debts.
Conour had been in the custody of U.S. Marshals since his bond was revoked June 27 after evidence that he had dissipated assets without prior government consent.
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