- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s chief justice says losses of client funds from a lawyer who committed suicide more than six weeks ago may prompt a record level of claims to a state fund that helps victims of attorney theft.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille told Pennlive.com on Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1iHKdvh ) that losses attributed to former Hummelstown lawyer Jeffrey Mottern may require an increase in other lawyers’ annual registration fees to generate more money for the fund.

The paper says about two dozen victims have come forward with losses estimated at $15 million to $20 million.

Castille says the case could be the largest theft of client funds he’s encountered in four decades of practicing law.

The paper says the 62-year-old Mottern killed himself March 17 while under investigation for misappropriation of client funds.

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Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews

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