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Conour assets raise more than $105,000 at auction

Dave Stafford
November 22, 2013
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An auction of art, wine and household furnishings seized from the former Carmel home of convicted ex-attorney William Conour fetched more than $105,000, most of which will go toward restitution for his client victims.

The auction by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers concluded Tuesday with a final tally of $105,259. Results of the online auction include the sale of three original oil paintings by Indiana artist C.W. Mundy for more than $4,500 each. The total raised does not reflect auction house commissions or fees to be subtracted, and a representative of Gaston & Sheehan on Friday declined to provide such details.

Several lots did not receive bids meeting reserve prices. Those included six lots of various vintages of wines with reserve prices totaling $6,220, and two lots of stereo and home theater components each with reserve prices of $750. Those assets will be placed in a future marshals’ sale, according to the auction house.

United States Marshals inventoried Conour’s assets after he was charged last year with wire fraud, and he agreed to the sale after pleading guilty in July. Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana sentenced Conour to 10 years in prison last month.

Conour admitted to defrauding more than 30 former wrongful-death and personal-injury clients of about $6.7 million, the government says.
 

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  • Need more facts
    Says above "Conour admitted to defrauding more than 30 former wrongful-death and personal-injury clients of about $6.7 million, the government says." CAN we be told over a how many year period, please? I mean, given the great resources Indiana marshals to ensure that no attorney speaks ill of a judge or the judicial process, there is no way this went on for more than a few months, correct?
  • best wishes to victims
    Well the Mundy paintings really are lovely and worth every cent paid. Also they fetched plenty per lot for the wine etc. On the other hand, lots of nice drop leaf tables went cheaply.

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