White-Collar Crime

Mo. Lawyer Faces Federal Mail-Fraud Case, Accused of Keeping Clients' Insurance Payments

A longtime Missouri lawyer has been federally indicted on mail fraud charges for allegedly misappropriating insurance money that should have gone to his clients.

Stephen B. Evans, 45, had his law license suspended earlier this year, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He is accused in a three-count indictment announced Thursday of keeping for himself between $70,000 and $120,000 paid by insurance companies concerning client lawsuits, in addition to his rightful contingent attorney’s fees. The alleged crimes occurred between 2007 and 2012; it is not clear from news reports how this amount relates to individual claims against Evans.

Evans hit the headlines in recent years when he represented a woman who said her image had been used, without her permission, in the Girls Gone Wild video series, as Missouri Lawyers Media (sub. req.) notes.

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