- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A disbarred Lexington lawyer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and other crimes.

Part of the case involved 35-year-old Seth J. Johnston’s involvement in collecting money for plaintiffs in a case over the diet drug fen-phen. Prosecutors say Johnston diverted nearly $15,000 of the collections for personal use.

U.S. Senior District Judge Joseph M. Hood sentenced Johnston on Monday. Prosecutors said in a related hearing this month that Hood found that Johnston engaged in multiple fraud schemes, resulting in a total loss of more than $4 million to more than 250 victims.

Johnston pleaded guilty last October to wire, mail and tax fraud; obstruction of justice; and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

In August, the Kentucky Supreme Court permanently disbarred Johnston, which he requested.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide