Between May 2011 to February 2012, Tran is accused of representing five separate clients who were looking for legal representation and seeking compensatory damages for civil lawsuits related to traffic accidents.
While representing his clients, Tran is accused of settling with the insurance companies involved in the lawsuits without informing his clients, forging his clients' signatures on their insurance checks and settlement forms, and keeping the money for himself. Tran is accused of embezzling a total of over $150,000 from his five clients.
One of the victims reported the theft to the Irvine Police Department, who followed up with an investigation after receiving materials related to the case from an investigator with the State Bar of California.
Tran was admitted to the State Bar of California Nov. 23, 1999. Tran’s clients in this case and former clients unrelated to this case submitted several complaints to the State Bar of California.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.