CSAO: Former Colchester Attorney Charged with Stealing Client Funds

Former Colchester Attorney Charged with Stealing Client Funds

A former Colchester attorney was arrested today and charged with stealing approximately $276,000 from a client he represented in a probate matter.

John W. Butts, age 65, of 376 Hartford Road, Salem, was arrested today by an Inspector from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging him with one count of Larceny in the First Degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Butts embezzled $276,000 from a client he represented in a probate matter. The case was referred to the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office for investigation by the Norwich District Probate Court.

Butts, whose law office was in Colchester, was suspended from the practice of law in February 2017 and surrendered his license to practice in September 2017. Connecticut State Police also arrested him today on a warrant charging him with Larceny in the First Degree stemming from a separate investigation.

Butts was released on bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Norwich Superior Court, G.A. No. 21, on January 25, 2018. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Larceny in the First Degree is a class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau.



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