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Tennessee attorney sentenced for stealing more than $1 million of trust funds of clients, including slain trooper’s daughter

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A lawyer in Tennessee, who was charged with stealing more than $1.36 million from the trust funds of clients, including a slain state trooper’s daughter, was on Monday sentenced to more than seven years behind bars.

Jackie Garton, 54, had pleaded guilty to wire fraud, tax fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to 92 months in prison, the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee said in a news release.

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As a practicing attorney, Garton served as a trustee for various trust fund accounts. One of the accounts he oversaw was for the daughter of Tennessee State Trooper Todd Larkin, who died in 2005, after he was hit by a tractor-trailer.

Tennessee State Trooper Todd Larkin was killed in 2005. Lawyer Jackie Garton, who was sentenced to 92 months in prison on Monday, oversaw his daughter’s trust fund account.
(Tennessee Highway Patrol)

Prosecutors said that in 2009, “Garton began the withdrawal of money under false pretenses from her account and others, without the client’s knowledge.”

Garton “the conversion of the funds in cashier’s checks and used the money to enrich his lifestyle, including the purchase of luxury items, including a Jaguar car, a boat and a house.”

In 2017, Larkin’s daughter was 24 years old and said that she wanted to open a bookstore. That she has learned from the recordings of her trust fund, according to the U. S. Attorney’s Office.

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Garton said he stole around $1.2 million dollars of Larkin’s daughter-most of the $1.36 million taken from accounts he oversaw.

In addition, Garton mention is made of his income, that the stolen money — to the IRS in 2016 for not reporting that money from 2009 until 2016 “, and intended to defraud the IRS of more than $ 350,000,” prosecutors said.

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