Attorney Jailed for Stealing Clients Funds and Filing False Tax Returns

By July 7, 2015Uncategorized

On Oct. 9, 2014, in Springfield, Missouri, Daniel D. Whitworth, of Joplin, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $404,957 in restitution to his former clients and $72,810 to the government. In addition, Whitworth surrendered his license to practice law. On March 31, 2014, Whitworth pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and false statements on tax returns. According to court documents, Whitworth embezzled approximately $576,739 from 22 of his legal clients between 2004 and Oct. 18, 2013. Whitworth spent these embezzled funds on personal loans and items unrelated to the legal matters of his clients. Whitworth failed to report the embezzled funds on his personal income tax returns for the years 2009 through 2011, which totaled $448,835. For 2012, Whitworth did not file an income tax return and therefore did not report the embezzled funds during this year as well.