Laywer pleads guilty to stealing from clients

6:10 AM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
(AP file)
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ATLANTA -- An Atlanta attorney has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing from more than 50 clients.

Thomas Dickson admitted to taking more than $300,000 from his law firm's account.

The 52-year-old lawyer was fired in January 2012 after an internal investigation. He was disbarred by the Georgia State Bar in March 2013.

"As a lawyer, Dickson had a duty to act with his clients' best interests in mind. Instead, he used his position at the law firm to steal from clients he was supposed to protect," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

According to information presented in court, Dickson represented several investors of a commercial real estate firm that filed for bankruptcy. He encouraged his clients to transfer rents and other income into his law firm's account, then took the money and moved it to another account he controlled with his wife.

Dickson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30. He faces a charge of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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