COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A fund overseen by the Ohio Supreme Court has reimbursed more than $1.1 million in the past year to people ripped off by their attorneys.
The fund reimbursed 19 percent more to victims of attorney theft in the fiscal year ending June 30 compared to the $930,000 paid out in the prior year. The fund established in 1985 comes from a $350 registration fee all Ohio attorneys pay every other year. The largest number of recent settlements, totaling $443,156, was against a former Columbus area attorney. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the attorney resigned in 2011 but settlements continued into 2013 for misusing client funds and bilking them.