FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal jury has decided two disbarred
lawyers should forfeit $30 million for defrauding their former
clients in a diet drug case.
Jurors ruled Tuesday that former attorneys William Gallion and
Shirley Cunningham also will have to turn over an unspecified
amount held in separate accounts. Gallion and Cunningham were
convicted last week of scamming clients out of $94.6 million while
representing them in a case involving the diet drug fen-phen.
U.S. attorney's office spokesman Kyle Edelen says the government
intends to collect the money and use it as restitution for victims.
Prosecutors said the two scammed about 440 clients who had been
hurt using fen-phen, which has been removed from the market after
being linked to heart valve problems.
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