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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Former Wichita Lawyer Sentenced For Embezzlement

WICHITA, KAN. – A former lawyer in Wichita was sentenced today to 36 months in custody for embezzling from clients, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. He was ordered to pay restitution of more than $603,000.

Christopher O’Brien, 69, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an estate. In his plea, O’Brien admitted he embezzled more than $132,000 from the bankruptcy estate of Roger L. and Maria K. Altis while he was representing the couple.

O’Brien voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law in Kansas.

McAllister commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind for their work on the case.

Financial Fraud
Updated October 15, 2019