Stanford lawyer pleads guilty to theft, exploitation of veteran

A Stanford attorney pleaded guilty Friday in Lincoln Circuit Court to two felony counts of theft and exploitation, state Attorney General Beshear said in a news release.

Cabell D. Francis II, 68, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and knowing exploitation of an adult over $300.

Francis was appointed to serve as a fiduciary on behalf of the victim, a Stanford man who is disabled and in long-term care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to court records, Francis misused $37,340.90 of the victim’s VA benefit payments from April 2014 through Jan. 16, 2015.

“To seek personal gain from a veteran and one of our most vulnerable citizens is very troubling,” Beshear said. “As AG, our role is to protect all Kentuckians from those who wish to defraud them, and I thank the members of my staff who worked on this case to bring justice to the victim.”

According to court records, Francis repaid $4,530 in cash into the victim’s account, bringing the outstanding total to $33,050.28.

As part of the plea, the Commonwealth agreed to reduce the charges to class D felonies and recommended pretrial diversion in return for full restitution of $33,050.28 within 30 days of Francis’ plea of guilty.

The plea also states that Francis must immediately resign his license to practice law in Kentucky under terms of permanent disbarment.