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Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to 12 Years for Stealing Injured Clients’ Settlement Money

Posted by John Rogers | Feb 28, 2022

The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that a disbarred personal injury attorney was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for stealing injured clients' money.

Philip James Layfield, 48, was sentenced by U.S District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, who said that Layfield's actions were “appalling” and his criminal conduct was “sheer evil.”

Judge Fitzgerald found the total loss to be over $5 million. A formal restitution hearing is scheduled for May 12.

At the conclusion of a 13-day trial, a federal jury found Layfield guilty of 19 counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of tax evasion, one count of failure to collect and pay over payroll tax, and one misdemeanor charge of failure to file tax returns.

Layfield was disbarred in 2018 by the State Bar of California. Layfield was also a certified public account, but his license expired in July 2019, according to the California Board of Accountancy.

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