Former Yoakum lawyer sentenced for mishandling client's money

Aug. 1, 2013 at 3:01 a.m.
Updated Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:02 a.m.

Former Yoakum lawyer Charles Kvinta Jr. was sentenced Thursday for mishandling an elderly client's money.

Visiting Judge Pat Kelly handed down the sentence - agreed upon in a plea with the Texas Attorney General's Office - in 24th Judicial District Court in the DeWitt County Courthouse in Cuero.

Kvinta will serve 45 days in jail and was assessed a $5,000 fine. He has to perform 500 hours of community service and pay restitution to his victim.

Kvinta also had to surrender his law license.

He will be on probation for six years.

The charge stems from an October 2010 check made out to a client from GeoSouthern Energy for $166,143 that was deposited into a Kvinta, Kvinta and Kvinta law firm trust account and never transferred to the client.

Shane Attaway, assistant attorney general in the White Collar Crime and Public Integrity Section, represented the state for the attorney general's office.

DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard removed himself from the case because of his professional relationship with Kvinta.



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