Atty. accused of stealing from dead clients

June 28, 2008 12:48:26 PM PDT
A lawyer accused of stealing from three elderly clients after their deaths, including living in one woman's home and driving another's car, has pleaded guilty to felony theft charges. Terry Erwin Stork, 69, faces up to life in prison on two of the charges when he is sentenced in August. He pleaded guilty Friday.

According to lawsuits and arrest affidavits, Stork systematically mismanaged or stole from the three estates worth more than $800,000 over two decades, the Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday.

The records said Stork lived in the home of a deceased client from 1987 to 2002 and deposited money from the sale of the home into his own bank account.

In another case, he allegedly let the home of a client sit empty, drove the woman's Buick LeSabre to disrepair and used her money to add to his rare china collection. He was also accused of failing to pass along inheritances to people and organizations that were supposed to get them.

His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 13.

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