Attorney charged with misappropriating $150,000 in client funds

SANTA ANA – A former personal-injury lawyer from Riverside has been charged with misappropriating $150,000 in client-settlement funds in Orange County, using the money to pay other clients and for personal debts, authorities said.

Fred Raymond Hunter, Jr., 50, pleaded not guilty on Monday to three felony counts of embezzlement by a fiduciary of trust, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Hunter, the son of former Anaheim mayor and attorney Fred Hunter Sr., was disbarred in 2014.

His attorney, Rance Welch, said Hunter has paid full restitution to the victims and is remorseful. He said Hunter concedes that he mishandled his clients’ funds but said there was no criminal intent.

“He never had any intention of stealing money, he just didn’t handle his clients’ trusts properly,” Welch…

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