A longtime Kansas City, Kan., lawyer has been found guilty of misappropriating money from a disabled man’s trust fund.
A Wyandotte County judge found Don Charles Ball guilty of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult and misdemeanor passing a worthless check.
Ball, 64, will be sentenced Feb. 26.
His law license has also been suspended by the Kansas Supreme Court.
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According to Wyandotte County prosecutors, Ball was the attorney for a conservatorship that managed the affairs of a man who had sustained a disabling brain injury. The man now lives in an assisted-living group home.
The man’s assets were sold and proceeds were put into a trust that a probate judge ordered Ball to hold and not spend without court approval.
When the court ordered Ball to pay out money in the trust, he wrote a $32,000 check that the bank rejected for insufficient funds.
A judge determined guilt after Ball waived his right to a jury trial. The judge announced the guilty verdicts Tuesday.
He found Ball not guilty of another charge of theft. In that case, prosecutors said Ball accepted money to represent a client after his law license had been suspended.