- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A former Anaconda attorney accused of embezzling more than $500,000 from clients and a state chapter of a national association has pleaded guilty.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/1WNBxKM ) that David Michael McLean pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in a plea deal on Aug. 17.

On Sept. 25, a Chief District judge decided to defer acceptance of the plea agreement until sentencing on Dec. 3.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss three counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

McLean’s fraud was discovered in July 2014. He and his son Michael McLean reported the misappropriation of funds to the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel. David McLean was subsequently disbarred by the Montana Supreme Court.


Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com

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