Ex-lawyer sentenced for money laundering

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A disbarred Kansas City attorney will serve one year and one month in prison without parole for money laundering after he misused a client’s money.

Seventy-year-old James C. Wirken was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. He pleaded guilty in May. He was disbarred in 2012 after authorities determined he had defrauded seven clients of about $800,000.

His sentence Wednesday was for one count of money laundering. Prosecutors say he withdrew money from a trust account set up for one client of his law firm and used the funds for his own benefit. Wirken wrote six checks on the account for a total of $116,730.

Wirken was a former president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and represented several high-profile clients before his disbarment.

 

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