Disbarred Veterans Lawyer Now Facing 67-Count Federal Indictment, Including Social Security Fraud

The Daily Caller | 6/27/2019 | Staff
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A former Memphis lawyer first exposed by The Daily Caller in 2014 is now facing sixty-seven federal criminal counts.

Keith L. Dobbs, 39, is a disbarred Memphis, Tennessee attorney and last week the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictment.

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Dobbs was charged, “with a total of sixty-seven federal felony violations. In addition, one indictment seeks the forfeiture of at least $406,533.00 in criminal proceeds,” according to a statement from the Social Security Office of the Inspector General.

“According to the two indictments, Dobbs misappropriated funds from 26 victims who received veteran’s benefits and nine Social Security recipients. Dobbs acted as a fiduciary for these victims because they were unable to manage their benefits due to physical or mental disabilities. The indictments were the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration.”

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Dobbs was first featured in an August 2014 article in the Caller, in which he was accused of overcharging and misappropriating from, Norman Hughes, a Korean and Vietnam War veteran under his care in the VA Fiduciary program.

The VA Fiduciary program “was established to protect veterans and other beneficiaries who, due to injury, disease or age, are unable to manage their financial affairs. VA will only determine an individual to be unable to manage his or her financial affairs after receipt of medical documentation or if a court of competent jurisdiction has already made the determination,” according to Military.com.

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In Hughes’ case, the evidence of his incapacitation was dubious, and Hughes was also forced to stay at assisted living facility where he felt like a prisoner and the monthly fee, $7,200 was nearly three times the rent, $2,700, he was paying before being forced into guardianship.

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