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Ex-lawyer pleads guilt in estate thefts

Ex-lawyer pleads guilt in estate thefts

By Clayton Woullard

Rocky Mountain News
July 23, 2005

More than $1.1 million was missing from Charla Hall’s estate – starting seven
days after she died.

Helen Kailey’s inheritance began disappearing less than a month after her
brother, Ramon, died.

On Friday, Wiley Todd Linville, the man alleged to be behind the thefts and
several others, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and one forgery charge.
Linville, 46, a former probate lawyer, faces a maximum of 40 years in prison
when he’s sentenced Sept. 29

He was indicted on 18 charges in December for allegedly stealing at least $3
million from clients from Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 2, 2004.

According to the indictment, Linville siphoned more than $600,000 from bank
accounts held by Ramon Kailey shortly after he died in November 2003.

Helen Kailey, listed as the sole beneficiary in her brother’s will, appointed
Linville to act as personal representative and trustee of her brother’s estate
in December 2003.

The indictment also alleges that Linville stole more than $1.1 million from
Hall’s accounts from July 27, 2004, to Oct. 15, 2004.

Hall, 75, was found murdered in her Denver home in July. No arrests have been
made in Hall’s murder, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District
Attorney’s Office.

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