Legal Ethics

Arrested Iowa Attorney Jailed in Bank Fraud Case

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An Iowa attorney and judge who is facing federal charges in an alleged bank fraud scheme has been jailed pending his trial.

Kyle David Williamson, 41, offered to admit himself to a psychiatric hospital, but Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields of the Southern District of Iowa said he wasn’t satisfied that the hospital had sufficient security to handle the flight risk that Williamson poses, reports the Associated Press.

“The judge said he was satisfied that the Dubuque County jail, where Williamson would be held under U.S. Marshal custody, would meet his medical, psychiatric and safety needs,” the news agency writes, noting that Shields asked that Williamson be put under a suicide watch.

He is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 18 on six federal charges including bank fraud, forging securities and aggravated identity theft, concerning an alleged scheme to obtain a loan from a bank by forging a settlement agreement in a fictitious lawsuit he falsely told a client he had filed. According to an indictment, Williamson actually obtained a cashier’s check, which he cashed, after using the “settlement agreement” to apply for a $410,000 loan from Northwest Bank and Trust Co.

Meanwhile, Williamson is also facing two state felony charges for allegedly falsifying child support-related documents in 2007, when he was working as a lawyer in private practice and was a part-time magistrate. He was subsequently appointed a District Associate Court Judge for Scott County in November 2007, and has been on a leave of absence from that post since January 2008, according to a press release from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, which is serving as a special prosecutor in the state case against Williamson.

William’s lawyer in the federal case, Alfred Willett, declined to comment.

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