Witness Testifies He Got $3 Million, New Car As Bonus

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The first witness in the fen-phen settlement trial of three attorneys testified he got a $3 million bonus and a new car for working on the case.
David Helmers testified Wednesday in Covington, where Lexington
attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills are being tried on charges they stole money from clients who claimed they were sickened by the diet drug.
Helmers was a recent law school graduate when the $200 million
settlement was reached in 2001.
He testified he was a junior member of the law firm and was
following orders when he distributed money to 40 of the 440 people who won the settlement. He said he offered those people less money
than they could have received.
The defendants are accused of stealing $45 million from clients and putting another $20 million in a charitable trust for which they got $5,000 each per month to manage.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Bill on May 18, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    something for nothing,the battle cry of the kentucky democrat.lawyers should have an open season on them just like deer.Low lifes.
  • by I wonder.... on May 16, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    if all three attorneys are using public defenders since they don't have access to their illegal money. Try 'em, fry 'em and say goodbye to 'em.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on May 16, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    What's a matter Melbourne? Can't slay that dragon without your make believe "ray gun." LOL!
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on May 15, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    This will show how corrupt some Lawyers are. Send them to JAIL.
  • by Jill Location: Lexington on May 15, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    How sad! Greed, and nothihg less than the worst of a law firm that has for years claimed "Call the Man". May the Commonwealth of Kentucky do just that!


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