A Phoenix attorney has been arrested and accused of stealing a $60,000 settlement check that was supposed to go to his clients. Attorney Kevin Bumstead was suspended months prior to this incident for stealing money from other clients. Bumstead is facing theft and fraud charges for depositing the settlement check into his own account.
Theft in AZ
As stated in A.R.S. 13-1802, theft in Arizona is defined as follows: A person is guilty of theft when they knowingly: 1.Control property of another person with the intent to deprive that person of the property. 2.Convert for an unauthorized term or use services or property of another. 3.Obtain materials or services through misrepresentation. 4.Come across lost or misdelivered property that belongs to another person, but does not try to notify the true owner. 5.Control property of another person, knowing that the property was stolen. 6.Obtain services that require compensation without paying any kind of compensation.
Fraud in Arizona
Fraud in Arizona is defined in A.R.S. 13-2310: A person commits fraud by knowingly concealing or covering up a material fact by any trick, scheme, or device to obtain a benefit. A violation of this section of the criminal code is a class 2 felony in Arizona. Bumstead is facing two different class 2 felony charges and could receive a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
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