Former Va. attorney convicted in $400K theft of client

NORFOLK, Va. — A federal jury has convicted a former Virginia Beach attorney for bilking around $400,000 from the estate of a deceased client.

Fifty-two-year-old Brian Gay was convicted Monday. According to evidence at trial, Gay was the executor of the estate of Daniel Woodside, who died in 2006, and Gay used some of Woodside’s life insurance proceeds to buy himself a home in Naples, Fla., and two Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Woodside’s family spent years trying to retrieve the money Gay took. They filed complaints with the state bar and a civil suit in Virginia Beach before turning to federal authorities.

The bar revoked Gay’s license.

Gay faces up to 125 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 23.

His attorney refused to comment.

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