Crime

Lexington attorney pleads guilty to stealing more than $639,000 in benefits

Brian Gilfedder. Photo Courtesy LFUCG Community Corrections
Brian Gilfedder. Photo Courtesy LFUCG Community Corrections

A Lexington attorney has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Lexington to stealing $639,618.43 in government benefits from a veteran whose money he was managing.

Brian Gilfedder waived indictment by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft of government property of more than $1,000, the plea agreement said.

The plea agreement said Gilfedder was a conservator for a veteran identified in court documents only as "J.M."

The benefits were from the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration, according to the plea agreement.

Gilfedder was appointed to manage J.M.'s financial accounts in 1990, according to court documents. The fraud began about January 1991 and continued until August 2011, according to court documents.

"Throughout the period of his representation of J.M., Gilfedder submitted false and doctored bank statements when filing his accounting, averring that monies were in J.M.'s account when Gilfedder was actually embezzling the funds for his personal use," a document says.

As part of the plea agreement, Gilfedder gave up his Kentucky law license, and he is not allowed to seek another license in any other state. He also will forfeit personal property.

Gilfedder's attorney, Pamela Ledgewood, declined to comment Tuesday.

Gilfedder faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Sentencing has been scheduled for April 2.

Gilfedder was being held at the Fayette County Detention Center Tuesday, spokeswoman Jennifer Taylor said.

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