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Local attorney facing fraud charges resigns from bar

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A high-profile Indianapolis attorney accused of misappropriating $2.5 million in client funds has relinquished his law license to the Indiana bar.

William F. Conour, 65, turned himself in to federal authorities in late April.

According to the criminal complaint filed that month, Conour is accused of engaging in a scheme from December 2000 to March 2012 to defraud his clients, using money obtained from new settlement funds to pay for old settlements and debts. Prosecutors charge he kept clients’ settlement proceeds for his own use.

The federal court in Indianapolis where he is charged received notice of his resignation Tuesday. The Indiana Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Commission, which investigates and prosecutes misconduct claims against lawyers, filed a complaint for disciplinary action against Conour on May 24. The Supreme Court accepted Conour’s resignation on June 28.

Under Indiana law, Conour will have to wait five years if he wishes to petition for reinstatement to the bar.

Conour was admitted to the bar in 1974 and had no previous disciplinary history.

For years, he has been among the highest-profile attorneys in Indiana, representing individuals seriously injured or killed in construction accidents.
 

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  • His parents
    His parents would be rolling in their graves if they knew about this. They were very down to earth hard working people and Mr. Conour was not raised to behave like this. They would be sick.

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