NEW ORLEANS ATTORNEY INDICTED FOR DEFRAUDING ATHLETE CLIENTS
ROBERT HACKETT, age 67, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a one count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with mail fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, HACKETT was an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Louisiana. As part of his law practice, HACKETT represented professional athletes in their workers’ compensation claims.
Beginning in January 1997 and continuing until December 2007, it is alleged that HACKETT defrauded his clients out of approximately $462,615.03. HACKETT mailed correspondence to his clients and to his clients’ insurers in order to secure payment for his clients’ sports-related injuries. HACKETT caused payments from the insurers to be sent to his custody, and then deposited the payments into his own bank account, spending the money for his own personal expenses. In many instances, HACKETT forged his clients’ signatures and deposited the payments into his own bank account without his clients’ knowledge.
HACKETT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney G. Dall Kammer.
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