BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KT) – A former Campbellsville attorney pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to embezzling nearly $1 million from clients to cover gambling debts and other expenses.
Danny Butler, 72, who had his law office in Greensburg, entered the guilty plea to five counts of wire fraud as part of a scheme to obtain money from clients of his legal practice, by means of misappropriating funds, in order to pay personal expenses including gambling losses, said United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
He provided clients with a broad range of legal services including probate, general civil and government benefits.
According to the plea agreement before the Court, from August 2009 through October 2016, Butler obtained money by false pretenses from 11 clients of his legal practice by not performing work for his clients and by stealing funds belonging to their estates, in amounts that ranged from $25,000 to $401,500.
Butler could be sentenced to a maximum 100 years in prison, fined $1,250,000, and be required to serve a three-year period of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2019, but his sentence is likely to be much lower, due to federal sentencing guidelines.