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Disbarred Attorney Sentenced to 15 Years for Defrauding His Clients

Posted by John Rogers | Feb 07, 2021

Earlier this week, Shant Ohanian, 38, of Burbank, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt. Ohanian stole more than $4 million from his clients through several means, including collecting fees for work he never performed.

Ohanian has been in federal custody ever since he pleaded guilty in 2019 to one count of wire fraud. Allegations surfaced that Ohanian was continuing to defraud his clients and the judge revoked his bond.

Ohanian was a licensed lawyer in California until the state bar revoked his ability to practice law in December 2017. During his career, Ohanian defrauded his clients in need for immigration applications, commercial disputes, divorce petitions, and personal injury claims. Despite completing no work, Ohanian billed his clients thousands of dollars or asked them to pay millions in litigation-related costs.

In his plea agreement, Ohanian admitted to defrauded dozens of his clients. His culpability extended to, not only lying to his clients, but also going to the lengths of providing bogus forged court orders to the client. Ohanian also made multiple spoofed calls pretending to be bank or government officials to his clients.

In total, Ohanian's victims suffered approximately $4 million in actual economic damages.

The information contained in this article was from a press release by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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