Former Memphis Attorney Sentenced in Scheme to Defraud Clients

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Memphis, TN – Former Memphis Attorney George E. Skouteris, Jr. 59, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in a scheme to defraud clients. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in April of this year, a jury found Skouteris guilty of seven counts of bank fraud following a four-day trial. Between 2007 and March 2013, Skouteris engaged in a scheme to defraud his clients by settling cases without notifying them and forging their endorsements on settlement checks made jointly payable to him and the client. Skouteris then deposited the checks to bank accounts he maintained at TrustOne Bank.

On November 18, 2021, United States District Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr. sentenced Skouteris to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. Judge Fowlkes also ordered the parties to appear in court on November 30, 2021, to provide further information about the amount of restitution to be awarded to the victims. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carroll L. André III and David N. Pritchard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.


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