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Former NK Lawyer Charged with Stealing $40,000 in Client Funds

A North Kingstown lawyer disbarred in 2013 for ethics violations is now facing criminal charges of misappropriating client funds.

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The Rhode Island State Police today charged a North Kingstown lawyer who was disbarred in 2013 with unlawful appropriation for allegedly stealing $40,000 in client funds.

Police said James Currier, 65, of 105 Jerry Lane, North Kingstown, represented a man who suffered water damage to his home and took the settlement check from Allstate Insurance, deposited it into his account and used the money for personal use.

Police said Currier was disbarred in 2013 after a disciplinary board ruled he violated conduct standards when he failed to deliver the money to his client and co-mingled money from client funds into his own.

Currier was arraigned in Providence County Superior Court before General Magistrate Patricia L. Harwood.

He was released on $15,000 personal recognizance and is due to appear in court on June 5 for a pretrial conference.

If convicted, Currier could face up to 20 years in prison and upwards of a $50,000 fine.
CompassCarrier May 23, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Well....another one! Janet Mastronardi and now Currier.....it will be interesting to see what the outcomes of these two cases are.
Bill Carson May 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM
I would like to see what happens with the wind turbine lawsuit in North Kingstown ! The neighbors to the wind turbine are all getting free electricity or monthly payments to put up with the noise while the University of Rhode Island put out a study that wind turbines don't effect property values. Wait until Washington Court gets the case ?
underwhelmed May 23, 2014 at 03:58 PM
@Bill what has your comment got to do with this story? Not to worry CC the courts will take care of their own as they always do, need I say Donegan!
Bill Carson May 23, 2014 at 05:01 PM
North Kingstown is looking like the legal issue of the year with the wind turbine lawsuit. The lawsuits in North Kingstown continue to pile up. There is litigation against a developer who built the North Kingstown Green subdivision and the owner of Wind Energy Development. The University of Rhode Island did a study that says real estate prices are not effected by wind turbines. The wind developer looks to be paying the wind turbine victims around the turbine to stay quiet. If this blows up in court it brings into question the URI real estate study, home values and could spell the end of land based wind turbine installations in Rhode Island near residential homes. Massachusetts has many catastrophic set back failures to commercial wind turbines making people sick and taking residential property rights

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