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Ex-lawyer who admitted to fraud wants to keep fees

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A former prominent Indianapolis lawyer who pleaded guilty in July to defrauding clients of $4.5 million wants to keep $2 million in legal fees he says were legitimately earned.

William Conour's attorney, Michael Donahoe, said Tuesday that the defense is still negotiating with authorities to what amount Conour is entitled.

"There seems to be a significant difference of opinion between the government and us," said Donahoe, who works for the U.S. public defender's office.

Donahoe said the government wants to count Conour's legal fees toward restoring clients' losses, while Conour believes he is entitled to legitimate legal fees and expenses.

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office in Urbana, Ill., which is prosecuting the case, did not answer phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Court proceeding are being conducted in federal court in Indianapolis.

Conour is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Oct. 17. The 66-year-old Conour could face up to 20 years in prison.

But August has been an active month for the case, particularly financial issues.

Court documents filed this month said Conour has agreed to let authorities auction off personal property from his foreclosed home in Carmel. Dozens of personal items are on the list, including art, nearly 50 bottles of vintage wine, a foosball table, and photos and collectibles of 19th-century celebrity Lillie Langtree.

Nearly $500,000 that Conour donated, including $45,000 he gave to Indiana University's law school, has been handed over to federal authorities to help reimburse his victims.

Also this month, a federal judge rejected Conour's request to be released to visit his doctors and prepare for at least a half-dozen lawsuits that have been filed against him before he is sentenced.

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  • Knew his parent
    My husband and I knew his parent and they would be so ashamed. They were good decent people. He has no shame. .
  • Agee with your comment
    I hope he does have to clean out the bathrooms. He still is so self serving, and just doesn't get it.
  • Taking care of #1
    This latest ploy serves as testament that no matter what he and his few supporters profess, he has, and never had, any intention of ‘willing’ putting his assets into the victim’s restitution fund. And, having left nothing to his family but debt, it should be obvious that he has no intention of ‘sharing’ any funds with family…it’s all for him when he gets ‘out.’ Entrenched in his delusion of superiority, he believes he will be given a short sentence because the system and this judge have been extremely tolerant toward him thus far. He has shown no remorse for what he has done and continues to serve the needs of his god…himself.
  • Typical
    Typical attorney...just like our PRESIDENT! Nobama was a crooked attorney as well!!!
  • Unbelievable!
    William Conour still doesn't get it. He pled guilty to defrauding clients and now wants to take more of their money. This guy deserves to clean prison toilets and septic tanks for forty years!
    • ....
      I have had an issue with William Conour for. A few years now. William did my fathers. Wrongful death trial. I was told for years that when I go to school I would have a trust of over $250,000 for school which was supposedly gaining interest for 16-18 years. By the time I'm settled into school and the bills come. I have no money. I called William after a few weeks of trying to get ahold of him I do telling him I need a release from my trust for school and to take care of my child. I said I had nothing to worry about and he would get right on it. Months go by and no money. By this time I have taken out loans for school and I see online that he's in court for fraud. So I'm $20,000 in debt have a child work 50-70 hours a week to take care of my child and I'm still short every month do I forget to mention I'm only 20. If you have any questions feel free to email me at zmc741@yahoo.com
    • Where's the logic?
      1) You're pleading guilty to millions of dollars of fraud. 2) You claim to be broke since you have a public defender. 3) When you plead guilty, you will be ordered to repay any amount stolen from your victims (restitution). Therefore, what difference does it matter if you were "entitled" to fees in the cases where you stole money? You're going to have to give it back to your victims anyways. Do you think the court is going to give you money and then order you to give it back? We all know what you do when you get money in your hands, especially other peoples' money. You need to just sit back, be quiet, and bend over backwards for the victims. It would appear you're just trying to piss off the judge.
    • He should get
      $0. The settlement funds were legitimately earned by the claimants so why not replace them with legitimately earned legal fees.

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