|Published:||Nov 02, 2012 4:24 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 02, 2012 5:06 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police arrested 41-year-old Keith Losey, a local attorney, for allegedly cashing his clients' $20,000 settlement check without their consent. The victims claimed their signatures were forged on the back of the check, and that they never received any portion of the settlement money.
Losey was hired to help the victim sue an insurance company after a vehicle accident that resulted in personal injury in September 2010. The victim and the attorney agreed to a fee of 33 percent of any settlement awarded to her as a result.
In June of 2011, Losey, the victims and the insurance company agreed to an amount of $20,000. After the agreement was reached, the victims found it increasingly more difficult to reach Losey, who claimed he was working to get their medical bills lowered.
After several attempts to contact Losey, the victims realized they were being avoided and contacted the insurance company in June of 2012. The victims then learned the company settled the case one year earlier and a check, in the amount of $20,000.00 was previously paid and subsequently cashed. The claim with the victims and the insurance company was closed with the issuance of the check in 2011.
After reviewing supporting paperwork, the victims realized the signatures on the back of the check were not their own.
Detectives met with SunTrust bank, where the check had been deposited in June of 2011. They found that the account belonged to the law firm of attorney Keith Losey.
After further investigation and multiple attempts to reach Losey, he was ultimately arrested at his law firm on Wednesday.