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Ex-attorney gets 10 years for theft

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 6, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.

NEW BOSTON, Texas — A former lawyer in Texas and Arkansas who purportedly had a gambling problem must serve 10 years in prison for stealing nearly $250,000 from clients.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that Don Cooksey, 65, was taken into custody Tuesday after sentencing in New Boston.

Cooksey last week pleaded guilty or no contest to more than 30 felonies including theft, misapplication of fiduciary property and forgery.

His various prison sentences — ranging from 10 years to two years — will be served concurrently. The Texarkana lawyer was also fined $60,000.

Defense attorney Will Williams says Cooksey’s crimes were financial and driven by a gambling problem.

Cooksey in 2009 surrendered his licenses to practice in Texas and Arkansas.

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Ran2133 says... March 6, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.

Unfortunately this doesn't get the $250K back that he stole from clients, to them.

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dumblikeme says... March 6, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

If only he'd had a good education, this crime could have been prevented.

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