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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ind. Courts - "A former Madison attorney set to go to trial next week took a plea deal Wednesday"

Some quotes from a Madison Courier story this afternoon, reported by Renee Bruck:

A former Madison attorney set to go to trial next week took a plea deal Wednesday morning and admitted guilt to multiple felony counts of forgery and a charge of felony theft.

John C. Eckert, 67, agreed in Jefferson Circuit Court to plead guilty to 12 Class C felony counts of forgery and a lesser-included Class D felony count of theft. All of the charges fall under the old Indiana criminal code since the crimes occurred before code changes were implemented in July 2014.

The charges stem from a year-long investigation – which was started by Indiana State Police and later taken over by the FBI – into the theft of money through forgery from estates and trusts of which Eckert was a co-trustee. He also took money placed by a family member into Eckert’s law firm trust account. He used the funds for personal purposes.

The forgeries and theft took place between 2003 and 2014, court documents said. * * *

Court records claimed John Eckert was required to give back all of the funds held in the client’s funds trust account to rightful owners after he surrendered his Indiana law license on June 28, 2013, but he did not return the $1.3 million belonging to his brother and sister-in-law.

John Eckert surrendered his law license after the Indiana Supreme Court opened a case against him in July 2013 based on allegations of misconduct, but he did not face disciplinary action after agreeing to give up his license.

Here is an earlier story from Aug. 24, 2015.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 10, 2016 05:05 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts