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Police: Nevada Lawyer Stole $1.8M From Client Settlements

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A suspended Nevada personal injury attorney is jailed in Las Vegas following his arrest in what police say is the theft of about $1.8 million from client financial settlements.

Records show that Matthew Dunkley was arrested Sunday pending an initial court appearance on 39 felony theft charges. His bail was set at $117,000.

Attorney William Terry represents the 53-year-old Dunkley in his Nevada State Bar suspension. Terry said Tuesday that Dunkley had a gambling addiction.

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Terry says he wasn't immediately retained for Dunkley's criminal defense.

Las Vegas police allege that Dunkley siphoned money from client insurance settlements since 2012, including medical treatment payments for a 5-year-old child who had been attacked by a dog.

Attorney Jared Richards says his firm, Clear Counsel Law Group, represents some of Dunkley's former clients.