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Lawyer Disbarred After Plea in Client Theft; Pending Case Claims He Charged Wedding to Law Firm

Posted Jun 14, 2012 6:26 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Tennessee lawyer has been disbarred after resolving one of two cases pending against him with a guilty plea.

Knoxville lawyer John Threadgill pleaded guilty to felony theft earlier this year in a case alleging he misappropriated client money, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. He faces a federal trial in November on allegations that he used his law firm to hide personal income.

The indictment accuses Threadgill of using law firm accounts to pay personal expenses, including $69,000 for his daughter's wedding; $245,000 for "family educational purposes"; $60,000 for country club expenses; $52,000 for personal travel; and $213,000 to buy real estate.

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