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.
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.