Former KC-Area Attorney Sentenced For Fraud

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago November 04, 2013 Nov 4, 2013 Monday, November 04 2013 Monday, November 04, 2013 3:42:03 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A disbarred Raytown lawyer has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for fraud and must pay nearly $350,000 in restitution to his victims.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says 63-year-old Harley Kent Desselle's victims include a foundation for Sam and Lindsey Porter and the widow of a man killed in an automobile accident.

Desselle was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in May to one count of bank fraud and one count of bankruptcy fraud. He admitted stealing $19,500 from the foundation set up for the Porter children, who were killed by their father in 2004 but not found until 2007.

He also admitted stealing $343,000 from the life insurance proceeds of a friend's widow whose husband was killed in 1996, and $5,749 from a client in a bankruptcy case.

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