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Tennessee attorney charged with stealing over $1 million from slain trooper’s trust set up for his daughter

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A Tennessee attorney is accused of stealing $1.1 million from the daughter of a Tennessee State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

54-year-old attorney Jack Garton has been charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax fraud in connection to an 8-year-long scheme to steal money from the trust left behind in the aftermath of Trooper Todd Larkins’ death, which benefited his daughter.

According to charging documents released by the United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Tennessee, “Garton carried out the scheme by withdrawing funds from clients’ accounts without their permission and depositing the stolen funds into his personal bank accounts. Garton used the identification of at least one victim to carry out his scheme of defrauding his clients. Garton used the stolen funds for his own personal use.”

If convicted, Garton faces up to two decades in prison for wire fraud, three years on tax fraud, an additional two-year sentence on aggravated identity theft and up to a $250,000 fine on each count. In addition, he will be required to pay restitution to the victims.

The case was investigated by the FBI and IRS and is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Sara Beth Myers and Kathryn Booth.

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