Mingo County lawyer has been indicted in federal court on charges of defrauding West Virginia Public Defender Services.
William Duty, Jr., a self-employed attorney in Williamson, faces charges of submitting payment vouchers for services he did not perform.
Duty was appointed, at various times, to represent indigent clients in criminal procedures in Mingo County Circuit Court. The procedure for payment for these legal services was that Duty would obtain a payment voucher, signed by the Circuit Judge, verifying the amounts owed and the services rendered for the various clients. These vouchers were submitted to the West Virginia Public Defender Services for payment.
[F]rom June 2005 until December 2007, Duty allegedly altered signed payment vouchers with false names and other false information.
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Former Lawyer Indicted for Fraud