Property Disputed in Yielding Case

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 12:00 am  

Remember the trial and conviction of former Jacksonville nurse Geffrey Alan Yielding a few years back?

In 2009, a federal judge sentenced Yielding to serve six and a half years in prison and to pay almost $1 million in restitution for bribing another nurse to stock Yielding's operating room at Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock with products Yielding's wife sold.

In July, a successful appeal reduced Yielding's jail time by two years, but he still owes restitution and attorney fees.

And those attorneys are serious about their fees. Tim Dudley and Sam Perroni, the Little Rock lawyers who defended Yielding at trial, are suing a third party to get possession of some of Yielding's property.

According to the suit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Yielding turned over about $40,000 worth of firearms and other items to his attorneys to offset some of his attorney fees.

But there was a snag: A man named Glen Gwatney had the property.

It was given to him "to hold while Geff Yielding was in pre-trial release, as he was not allowed to have guns," Dudley told Whispers. Yielding "assigned those guns to us as part of our fees, but [Gwatney] won't give them back."

Although maybe Dudley just needed to ask: Gwatney's lawyer, Robert W. Bush of Conway, filed an answer to the complaint stating that Gwatney had "never been contacted" about the items and would be "more than happy" to hand them over.

Dudley said he hadn't seen the response yet.



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