- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - A disbarred North Kingstown lawyer has been arrested on allegations he stole more than $46,000 in client funds.

State police charged 65-year-old James Currier with unlawful appropriation over $1,000 Thursday. Authorities say he was disbarred from practicing law in Rhode Island last year for failing to promptly deliver funds for a client and diverting the money for his own use.

Police say Currier represented a client in settlement negotiations with an insurance company over water damage to the client’s home. When Currier received a $46,000 settlement check for the client, police say he deposited it into his client account but later withdrew the money for his own use.

Currier was released on $15,000 personal recognizance. A message seeking comment was left Friday at a phone listing for Currier.

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