Former Lawyer Sentenced For Embezzling Millions Of Dollars From Clients To Fund Luxury Trips, Prosecutors Say

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A former personal injury lawyer will be sitting behind bars after robbing her clients of millions to take luxury trips to a nudist resort, an African safari, and other destinations, federal prosecutors said per the NY Post

Lori E. Deveny, 57, of Portland, Oregon embezzled more than $3.8 million from at least 135 clients between 2011 and 2019 and then used the money to

“bankroll a lavish lifestyle,”

the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. Court documents reveal that Denvey posed as her clients to forge insurance checks and deposit the money into her personal bank account. Denvey would then trick her clients into thinking the money will be deposited into their accounts. 

According to DOJ per NY Post reports, Denvey paid $150,000 on foreign and domestic airline tickets, $173,000 on an African safari and big game hunting trips, and $60,000 on trips to a luxury nudist resort in Palm Springs, California. She also purchased $220,000 in cigars, $91,000 on a Cadillac and recreational vehicle expenses, paid $195,000 on her mortgage, and spent $35,000 on taxidermy expenses, reports reveal. 

Deveny pleaded guilty in June 2022 to

“money laundering, filing a false tax return, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.”

She was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison. The judge also ordered her to pay more than $4.5 million in restitution to her victims.

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