- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Felony charges have been filed against a Tulsa attorney accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from five different clients.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office filed the charges on Tuesday against 67-year-old Robert John Nichols of Tulsa. Online Tulsa County District Court records indicate Nichols is charged with five counts of embezzlement and one count of delivery of a forged instrument. The records do not indicate if Nichols is represented by an attorney.

Prosecutors say Nichols allegedly embezzled funds from clients in property condemnation cases and used funds intended to go to the victims’ trust accounts for other purposes. Nichols also allegedly forged the signature on a check to a client.

If convicted, Nichols faces up to 57 years in prison and 50,000 in fines, plus restitution to the victims.

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