Friday, September 07, 2012

Tran, disbarred Irvine Attorney to be Arraigned for Embezzlement related to Traffic Accidents


Posted By CotoBlogzz

 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - -Disbarred (Bar # 202837 ) attorney Tuan Thanh Tran is to be arraigned today for embezzling over $150,000 in insurance claims and defrauding his clients.

According to the OCDA’s office, Tuan Thanh Tran, 43, Irvine, is charged with five felony counts of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust and 11 felony counts of forgery. The Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office  is requesting Tran   be held on $150,000 bail at his arraignment.

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.

On June 28, 2012, Tran became ineligible to practice law in California.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

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