A disbarred Irvine attorney, who was looking at up to 15 years in prison for defrauding clients who'd hired him for traffic crash-related civil litigation, got a year in jail and five years probation after pleading guilty Thursday.
Tuan Thanh Tran, 43, admitted that he settled claims with insurance companies and kept more than $150,000 in payouts to five clients without informing them.
Tran is really a piece of work because by the time he'd pleaded guilty he'd already been disbarred by the loathe-to-disbar California State Bar for misdeeds involving totally different clients.
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He pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust and admitted 10 sentencing enhancement allegations of theft exceeding $150,000.
Eleven felony counts of forgery were dismissed, City News Service reports.