A Dickson attorney was sentenced in federal court Monday to federal prison for stealing over $1.36 million from trust funds of clients,including the daughter of a Tennessee state trooper killed in the line of duty.
According to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran, 54 year old Jackie Lynn Garton was sentenced to almost 8 years in jail. U.S District Judge Eli Richardson ordered Garton to be taken into custody immediately at the conclusion of the hearing.
Garton was charged December 2018 with wire fraud, tax fraud, and aggravated identity theft and pleaded guilty to all the charges. He faced up to 25 years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine on each county and by paying restitution to the victims.
Charging documents stated Garton carried out the scheme by withdrawing fund from clients’ accounts without their permission and deposited the stolen funds into his personal bank accounts.
Garton also used the identification of a victim to carry out his schemes of defrauding his clients, using the stolen funds for personal use and concealing portions of his income from his law partners and the IRS. Investigators said Garton tried to defraud the IRS over $350,000.