A lawyer from Vesoul (Haute-Savoie) was prosecuted for forgery, use of forgery and breach of trust. He embezzled €200,000 to the detriment of at least two of his clients. He was sentenced by the Besançon judicial court on Monday July 18, 2022 to one year in prison suspended and a fine of €40,000, including €30,000 suspended, indicates France 3 Burgundy Franche-Comte.
After winning cases, the lawyer had kept the sums allocated to his clients. Money which allowed him to bail out the coffers of his cabinet which was experiencing financial difficulties, explained in June 2022 the public prosecutor of Besançon Etienne Manteaux.
He reimburses the sums to his customers
The case had come to light in July 2021 thanks to the report of a victim who was impatient to receive his 100,000 €, recalls The Republican East. The man then admitted the facts. This is why he was tried in the context of an appearance on prior admission of guilt (CRPC). According to our colleagues, he has started to reimburse the victims.
For its part, the regional disciplinary council for lawyers sanctioned the defendant with a ban on practicing for three years. The Court of Appeal confirmed this decision on June 7, 2022. The convicted person’s firm was placed in compulsory liquidation.