Texas Atty Gets 10 Years For Forgery, Billing Scam

Law360, Houston (April 22, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT) -- A Texas criminal defense attorney who recently confessed to felony charges stemming from her alleged overbilling of work for indigent clients and forgery of judicial signatures was slammed with a 10-year state prison sentence Monday.

Visiting Judge Stephen Ables handed down the maximum sentence prosecutors sought under a plea deal struck with San Antonio-based attorney Hilda Valadez, who pled guilty in March to single counts of securing execution of a document by deception and forgery. As a condition of the sentence, court records indicate, Judge Ables...
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