Texas Atty, Woman Charged In Alleged $8.8M Law Firm Scam

Law360, New York (September 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT) -- U.S. authorities are seeking $8.8 million in forfeiture from two Texas residents, including an attorney, who allegedly concocted legal disputes and tricked multiple law firms into paying them the proceeds of fake settlements.

Perry Don Cortese, a lawyer in Little River, Texas, and Priscilla Ann Ellis, a resident of Harker Heights, Texas, were arrested Aug. 31 after being charged with fraud and money laundering in Florida federal court. The case was transferred to a federal judge in Waco, Texas, on the same day.

The defendants allegedly...
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