N. Ky. attorney charged with bilking clients

Photo provided by Boone County Sheriff's Office.
Photo provided by Boone County Sheriff's Office.

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A veteran attorney in Florence, Ky. was charged Monday with multiple counts of bilking clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and forging court documents and bank statements to conceal it.

John G. Arnett, 67, of Union, Ky., was charged with five counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and three counts of forgery. Arnett is accused of gambling money entrusted to him by multiple clients.

Arnett is a Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law graduate who has been practicing for more than 30 years. The Boone County Sheriff's Office said the case came to light when Arnett could not pay $82,389.62 to a couple in December 2013, and he was jailed by Boone County Family Court Judge Linda Bramlage for contempt of court.

The sheriff's office said investigators have since located additional victims with the possibility of more victims still to come forward.

Arnett is being held at the Boone County Detention Center. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in state prison.

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