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Judge: Lawyer who stole from clients gets 15 years in prison

April 1, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing more than $2 million from his clients.

On Monday morning, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nash also ordered 51-year-old David Land Whigham to pay restitution for the money he took from clients. The Tampa Bay Times reports several of his clients were physically or mentally disabled.

Nash said he considered a number of factors, including Whigham’s self-reported bouts with depression and substance abuse. His sentence was above the 11-year minimum sentence suggested by state guidelines. It was less than the 20 years prosecutors sought.

The thefts were discovered in 2016 and Whigham was suspended, then disbarred by the Florida Bar.

He pleaded guilty last year to nine counts of grand theft.

Whigham specialized in estates, wills and trusts.