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Northern Virginia lawyer charged with embezzlement

Bean_Lorenzo_LeeA Loudoun County lawyer has been indicted in Fauquier County on six counts of embezzlement and one count of money laundering in a case involving client money, officials say.

L. Lee Bean III of Sumerduck, in Fauquier County, was arrested on Friday by Virginia State Police detectives and was held on $50,000 bond, according to a VSP news release. He was released on bond Friday evening, according to the court clerk’s office.

Bean, 61, is scheduled to appear in Fauquier County Circuit Court Sept. 22.

The alleged crimes involved theft of money held in trust for clients, said Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher, although he declined to provide details. “It’s kind of a sad case, really,” Fisher said.

Fisher said there was no investigator’s affidavit filed with the papers. Neither Fisher nor the VSP indicated the amount of money involved in the alleged thefts.

“We’ll have to set a return date and do discovery and have a trial like any other case,” Fisher said.

Online court records indicated the crimes occurred on various dates from 2010 to 2013. Police began an investigation on March 11 of this year, according to the VSP news release.

Bean practices in both Loudoun County and Fauquier County, Fisher said. His Virginia State Bar address of record is in Sterling.

Bean did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bean is in good standing with the VSB, but he agreed to accept a public reprimand with terms in 2009. He acknowledged depositing $60,000 in client money into his office operating account instead of a trust account. The disciplinary terms required Bean to follow recommendations from a law office management consultant.

Bean’s father, L. Lee Bean Jr. of Reston, who died in 1989, was a past president of the Virginia Bar Association. He practiced in Arlington for 42 years.

Updated Sept. 3 to add information on Bean’s release on bond.

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