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VOL. 125 | NO. 30 | Monday, February 15, 2010

Memphis Attorney Given 10 Years for Client Theft

The Associated Press

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Memphis attorney has been sentenced to 10 years for stealing thousands from clients who had given him power of attorney over their financial affairs.

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said in a news release Friday that 62-year-old Joseph Richard Rossie pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of property over $60,000. He is scheduled to begin his sentence March 15.

According to the charges, Rossie took money from two clients and transferred it into accounts he owned. Prosecutors say he used some of the money to purchase property, antiques and investments.

He was working with the firm of Rossie, Luckett, Parker and Rider PC when the crimes occurred.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 116 288 17,672
MORTGAGES 143 337 20,372
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 26 2,671
BUILDING PERMITS 139 488 36,434
BANKRUPTCIES 43 158 11,322
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 93 5,802
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 38 65 6,779
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 86 4,002