Cops & Crime
5:03 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Ex-Lawyer Guilty Of Bilking Murdered Children's Fund

A disbarred lawyer has pleaded guilty in Kansas City  federal court to stealing  from a fund for two murdered children. 

The investigation tracked back 5 years.

The former lawyer, disbarred in 2009, admitted to a U.S. District Judge he stole from a fund he set up to build a memorial to Lindsey and Sam Porter,  two Independence children killed by their father during a custody battle in 2004.

The fund was to build a playground in the children’s names.  

When the theft was discovered, Kent Desselle returned the missing $12 thousand.

Later Desselle was suspected of and indicted for other fraud cases.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson said in a prepared statement that Desselle had taken advantage of a grieving mother and the widow of a friend for his own gain. 

The  62 year old defendant will have to repay more than a third of a million dollars to the victim-widow.  He also pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

Desselle could be sentenced to  fewer

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than four  years in prison with no chance for early release.