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Lexington lawyer disbarred after fraud plea

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington attorney facing federal prison time for fraud has been permanently disbarred by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The high court on Thursday revoked the law license of 34-year-old Seth Jarard Johnston, who is scheduled for sentencing for two guilty pleas on Sept. 22. Johnston requested the disbarment.

Johnston was hired to help collect the multi-million dollar judgment from attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills Jr. The three were ordered to pay former clients who had sued over injuries from the diet drug fen-phen. He admitted to stealing money from the settlement and another attorney.

In his disbarment request, Johnston also admitted to hiding assets from an estate and diverting the funds to himself, as well as conspiring to destroy evidence related to a law enforcement investigation.

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