Criminal Justice

Dallas Lawyer Charged with Identity Theft, Stealing $200K From Client Trust Accounts


Dallas lawyer Tom Corea was recently charged with four felonies in connection with accusations that he stole more than $200,000 from clients.

According to the Dallas Morning News’ Crime Blog, Corea was arrested Aug. 30 after a seven-month investigation by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. The agency issued a press release today stating that Corea’s alleged crime involves stealing settlements from client trust accounts, using fake information to obtain loans and stealing identities to apply for loans and credit cards.

The arrest follows a Dallas County Court action Corea filed in March over a live television call-in show he hosted on a local station. Representing himself pro se, he accused CBS, CBS Stations Group of Texas and Viacom International of not honoring an agreement to route all calls from the show to his law office. According to Corea, he lost $1.4 million in potential business. That matter is ongoing, according to court records.

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