A Utah attorney who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars that a client won in a personal-injury lawsuit has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Steven B. Smith, 51, was sentenced Friday in 3rd District Court after pleading guilty earlier this year to third-degree felony charges of communications fraud and forgery.
According to court documents, Smith spent most of a $412,500 settlement his client won against an insurance company in January 2008. Smith allegedly told his client he was still trying to settle the matter and placed the check in his own bank account. Smith "wrote numerous large checks" totaling $405,500.