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Lincoln Co., KY attorney pleads guilty to exploitation of veteran

Attorney General: Lincoln County attorney pleads guilty to theft, exploitation of veteran. Attorney agrees to make full restitution to veteran and resign his license to practice law in Kentucky under terms of permanent disbarment
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By Terry Sebastian and Crystal Staley
News from the office of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, KY. (27 May 2016) - Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that a Stanford attorney pleaded guilty today in Lincoln Circuit Court to two felony counts.

Cabell D. Francis II, 68, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and knowing exploitation of an adult, over $300.

Francis was appointed to serve as a fiduciary on behalf of the victim, a Stanford man who is disabled and in long-term care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

According to court records, Francis misused $37,340.90 of the victim's VA benefit payments from April 2014 through Jan. 16, 2015.

"To seek personal gain from a veteran and one of our most vulnerable citizens is very troubling," Beshear said. "As AG, our role is to protect all Kentuckians from those who wish to defraud them, and I thank the members of my staff who worked on this case to bring justice to the victim."

According to court records, Francis repaid $4,530 in cash into the victim's account, bringing the outstanding total to $33,050.28.

As part of the plea, the Commonwealth agreed to reduce the charges to Class D felonies and recommended pretrial diversion in return for full restitution of $33,050.28 within 30 days of Francis' plea of guilty.

The plea also states that Francis immediately resign his license to practice law in Kentucky under terms of permanent disbarment.

This story was posted on 2016-05-30 17:52:25
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