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Judge orders federal defender to turn over Conour funds

July 24, 2014

A judge has ordered Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc. to turn over money it is holding in a trust account belonging to convicted fraudster and former attorney William Conour.

Chief Judge Richard Young of the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Tuesday ordered Conour’s public defenders to turn over $2,262.14 the agency is holding in trust in Conour’s name. The office claimed the money was exempt from the multi-million-dollar restitution order Conour faces for defrauding more than 30 personal-injury clients of about $6.5 million.

“The Government has complied with all statutory requirements for a garnishment, and by statute, the currency held by Garnishee is not exempt from collection towards the satisfaction of Defendant’s restitution debt,” Young wrote in the order.

Separately, Conour Wednesday appealed  to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals an order Young issued earlier this month modifying the restitution Conour owes. Young set restitution in the order for two victims for whom orders had not previously been issued. The order concludes Conour’s restitution still owed to victims as of July 9 was $6,001,489.07.

Meanwhile, Conour, 67, also has appealed the 10-year sentence and restitution order to which he agreed when he pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud last year. Conour’s appellate brief is due at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Aug. 4.
 

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