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Washington lawyer gets 6 months for stealing clients’ insurance payouts

A Washington lawyer was sentenced in federal court Thursday to six months in prison, followed by six months of home detention for stealing more than $100,000 in insurance payments intended for some of his clients.

Deairich R. Hunter, 48, pleaded guilty in January to taking insurance money from his clients’ disability and personal injury settlements during a six-year period. In some cases, Hunter settled claims without telling clients or agreed to pay health care expenses for his clients directly from the proceeds of their cases. Hunter admitted to stealing settlement proceeds of nearly $110,000 starting in 2003, according to his plea agreement.

In addition to jail time, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ordered Hunter to pay $253,549 in restitution to benefit former clients.

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.


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