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March 26, 2014: Disbarred Attorney Sentenced to Prison

Jane Robison, Assistant Media Chief
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A disbarred attorney who admitted stealing more than $3 million from clients, including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison and ordered to pay restitution, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

James Vincent Reiss, 52, was ordered to pay $2.47 million to the MTA and $511,607 to a former client, said Deputy District Attorney Amy Pellman Pentz with the Justice System Integrity Division.

Reiss, who pleaded no contest to two counts of grand theft, was under contract with MTA to handle their general liability claims. Between 2010 and 2011, he received nearly $2 million in fraudulent reimbursements from MTA, Pentz said.

As part of his March 11 plea, Reiss also admitted stealing money from a former client by settling an insurance lawsuit and pocketing the settlement money, Pentz said.