Wichita lawyer sentenced in embezzlement case

October 16, 2019 - 8:07 pm

A former Wichita attorney who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Christopher O'Brien, 69, was sentenced Tuesday and was also ordered to pay $603,000 in restitution.

O'Brien pleaded guilty in March to embezzling. He also agreed to turn over $554,889 to the bankruptcy estate of a Wichita machine shop and $51,500 to a group of Hawker Beechcraft retirees.

O'Brien said in written testimony that he embezzled for more than 25 years from law firms and clients. He used the money for expensive trips and weddings and other personal expenses.

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