- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - A Benton attorney pleaded guilty to collecting filing fees from clients without informing the bankruptcy court.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said in a news release Wednesday Glay Collier II entered a conditional guilty plea to one count of bankruptcy fraud before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Collier filed records into the bankruptcy court stating that he would accept “No Look” fees as payment for his services. The “No Look” fee caps attorney’s fees in bankruptcy proceedings to $2,800. In excess of that limit, Collier charged up to $281 in filing fees to some clients, which he did not disclose to the court.

Collier will be sentenced March 1.

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