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February 5, 2007 -

ALLENTOWN ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING FROM CLIENT

United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced that a 17 count indictment* was filed charging JOHN J. KELLER with 17 felony counts of wire fraud.

Defendant JOHN J. KELLER is an attorney in Allentown, Pennsylvania who operated a law office located at 133 North 5th Street, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is charged that between February 2002 and January 2004, KELLER, while representing a client in Allentown, Lehigh County, embezzled the client’s funds from his lawyer trust account totaling approximately $225,000 dollars.

The indictment alleges that he withdrew approximately $225,000 in funds from his lawyer trust account which he was holding on behalf of his client and, without authorization from his client, used the money for his business and personal use.

The government is seeking to forfeit from the defendant the sum of $225,000.


DEFENDANT

ADDRESS


AGE [Date of Birth]
JOHN J. KELLER
Allentown, PA
61 years

If convicted on all of the charges, defendant KELLER faces a possible maximum sentence of 340 years imprisonment, a $4,250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release and a $1,700 mandatory special victims/witness assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Allentown Resident Office). The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Seth Weber.


UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT, PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact:
RICH MANIERI
Media Contact
215.861.8525

*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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