Attorney Guilty of Embezzling $587,000 From Multiple Estate Accounts

Attorney Guilty of Embezzling $587,000 From Multiple Estate Accounts

Christopher Ivor Mansfield, 38 of Tulsa, a disbarred Tulsa County probate attorney, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering charges. Mansfield embezzled $587,000 from probate estate accounts according to an information filed on September 29, 2016.

At his change of plea hearing, Mansfield admitted that, from August 2012 to October 2015, he used fraudulent pretense to obtain money entrusted to the Bank of Oklahoma by diverting assets from probate estate accounts using: unauthorized checks made payable to himself; unauthorized transfers of funds from the probate estates; and the unauthorized depositing of checks into his business and personal accounts. Mansfield admitted he used the stolen money on personal expenses, mainly American Express credit card purchases and to support his drug habit

At the time of the alleged crimes, Mansfield was a licensed attorney in the State of Oklahoma who was court-appointed in probate cases. He served as a personal representative in probate cases and was responsible for overseeing the financial affairs of multiple probate estates.

Mansfield will face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine for the bank fraud charges and a maximum penalty for 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the unlawful monetary transaction charge. In addition, the Court could enter a restitution order and a criminal forfeiture money judgment, each in the amount of $587,030.

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