Former Attorney Matt Henry Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $400K

by Mark Friedman  on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 10:55 am   1 min read

Mugshot of Matthew Henry (Pulaski County Sheriff)

Former Little Rock Attorney Matthew Henry waived indictment and pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court Thursday in connection with stealing more than $400,000 from a client.

Henry, who operated the Henry Firm, used his client's money, which was supposed to be held in his client trust account, for business and personal expenses, according to the information sheet filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.  

Arkansas Business first reported in May that Henry was being investigated by police after $425,000 in client money went missing.

The information filing said that Henry received an initial deposit of $415,000 in 2015 from "Client A." Court records in Jefferson County Circuit Court show Henry represented the estate of Keshavlal Patel. In January, a new attorney for the estate asked Henry to transfer the estate's $400,000 to the new law firm, but Henry never did.

On Feb. 23, Henry emailed the estate's attorney and attached a fake email chain that "purported to be emails between Henry and an Arvest employee which Henry requested a certified check" for the client, according to the information.

But as of Feb. 26, Henry had $6.59 in his client trust account.  

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19 by U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson in Little Rock. Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, but sentencing guidelines suggest Henry would receive between 30 and 37 months in prison. He also will be required to pay $440,658 in restitution.

Henry was represented by Little Rock criminal defense attorney Jeff Rosenzweig.

 

 

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