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Local disbarred attorney receives maximum sentence after stealing from clients

Robert Graham, 52, appears in court Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Justin Fuller/KSNV)

Disbarred Las Vegas attorney, Robert Graham learned his fate in court today.

The judge handed down the maximum sentence, Graham will spend the next 16-40 years in prison after he admitted to stealing millions of dollars from his clients.

It was an emotional day in the courtroom, packed with Graham’s victims. One-by-one, each of them faced Graham, telling their story to the judge.

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Graham was working with some of the most vulnerable clients who hire attorneys. The judge heard from families of the disabled people who had reached settlements from things like medical malpractice. The clients had planned to use the money for care for their illness or injuries.

Family members of the deceased also took the stand. The elderly had set up wills and trusts with hopes of caring for their families after they had passed.

The judge even heard from orphans, like the Miller children, whose parents set up life insurance policies before they were tragically killed in an accident on I-15. Graham was hired to work through the couple’s wishes, distributing the $1 million policy for the care of their three young children, like many others, that never happened.

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“They loved us so much and they proved to us that they would do anything to keep us safe and taken care of. They left us this money so that we would have food to eat and clothes to wear,” said 16-year-old Micaela miller. “This man, Robert Graham, has taken this away from me and my younger brother and sister.”

In addition to time behind bars, the judge also ordered Graham to pay back the more than $16 million he stole from his clients, as restitution.

Many of the victims told the judge in court that they doubt they’ll ever see their money.

Another victim, Sharona Dagani, was born a quadriplegic. She hired Graham to represent her in a medical malpractice lawsuit and won $2 million.

All of that money is gone. Graham even sold her Las Vegas home in 2014 for $290,000. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, and lives on help from her family and a Medicaid allowance that pays for 51 hours of weekly care, says her mother, Joan Albstein.

Her GoFundMe account is https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=category&term=donationsforjoansdaughter


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