Criminal Justice

Attorney Facing Felony Embezzlement Trial Is Jailed Without Bond After DWI Arrest

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A Texas lawyer scheduled to be tried next month in a felony case in which she is charged with embezzling over $500,000 from her own grandmother is now being held without bond after a drunken-driving arrest last week.

Prosecutors who requested that bond be revoked for Michelle Lorenz Valicek, 54, said a blood-alcohol test showed that the San Antonio attorney had consumed more than three times the legal limit, according to the Associated Press and the San Antonio Express-News.

Valicek, who had also been arrested in 2011 for alllegedly driving while intoxicated, reportedly had a suspended driver’s license at the time of last week’s arrest.

Visiting Judge George Godwin said Valicek needed to be jailed for the safety of the community, the AP reports.

Valicek is accused in the misapplication of fiduciary property case of taking over $500,000 from Margaret Lorenz six years ago while managing a large inheritance her grandmother had received not long previously. Valicek was indicted in 2009 and Lorenz, who had dementia, died last year at age 97.

The newspaper article doesn’t include any comment from the defendant or her counsel and the AP says a lawyer for Valicek did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

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