Former attorney accused of stealing client money

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A former attorney is facing charges after he was accused of using over $40,000 in client funds for his personal use.

According to Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell, James Currier, 65, of North Kingstown was arrested and charged with unlawful appropriation over $1,000.

An investigation by the Financial Crime Unit revealed that Currier was representing a former client during settlement negotiations with Allstate Insurance regarding water damage at their home. According to allegations from the former client, Allstate Insurance issued a check for $46,291.11 to Currier, who then deposited the check into his client’s account before withdrawing the funds for personal use.

In March of 2013, Currier was disbarred from practicing law in Rhode Island.

Currier was arraigned on Thursday and released on $15,000 personal recognizance. He’s due back in court for a pre-trial conference on June 5.

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