Last month, Pasco-Pinellas County Judge Michael Andrews told former lawyer Jessica Miller that it might behoove her to bring money to her sentencing to get ahead on resitution payments.
Miller, who had pleaded guilty to stealing from ehr fromer clients owes them about $70,000.
Miller, 32, obliged the judge, showing up at sentencing with $250 she made at a garage sale. The token offer did not persuade Anderews to grant Miller's pleas for a probation-only sentence.
Instead, the judge sentenced her to 54 months in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.
"It's fair to say I always thought you were a pretty good lawyer," Andrews said. "I'm sad to see you in this position, but you broke the public's trust. Your actions were reckless. You acted with impunity and without regard for your clients, and they are entitled to justice."
Full Article and Source:
Former Laywer Gets Jail for Theft
Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Clients