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Former lawyer convicted of fraud, taken to jail

A federal jury has decided former Virginia Beach lawyer Brian Gay stole about $400,000 from the estate of a deceased client.

After Monday’s guilty verdict on nine counts, Norfolk U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson revoked Gay’s bond. The Virginian-Pilot reports Gay was led away in handcuffs.

Gay had attempted to justify his use of funds from the account of a former client who died. The client’s family insisted the money was intended for their benefit.

Gay used the money he took to buy a home in Naples, Florida, and two Harley Davidson motorcycles, prosecutors said. Prosecutors hope to seize that property as well as whatever money remains in Gay’s bank accounts.

The Virginia State Bar revoked Gay’s license in June.

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