Defendant:: Colin Kaufman and Andrew Huffmeyer
Prosecution Year:: 2006
Loss or restitution:: $400,000
Range: $100,000 to $499,000
Summary:: Disbarred attorney, who was not a fiduciary, carried out a criminal fraud with the help of an accomplice, Andrew Huffmeyer, who was a fiduciary. The two "conspired to divert about $400,000 from Carothers’ estate, which was valued at about $960,000," according to a Texas Office of the Attorney General press release about the case. Among many suspect charges, the two billed the estate $49,000 for a trip to the Northeast supposedly to change a signature card for a bank account - normally a simple and inexpensive process. Kaufman had previously been disbarred in 2004 by the State of Texas due to unethical and illegal actions in a federal bankruptcy case. Huffmeyer pleaded guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property and was sentenced to five years. Kaufman was fined $10,000 and ordered to serve a 45-year sentence.