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Judge sentences disbarred Duluth lawyer

ATLANTA -- A Duluth lawyer, who was disbarred in 2008, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday for violating the trust of his clients in real estate transactions.

Neal Landers, 46, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $850,000 in restitution after he used funds for personal use from those transactions. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Landers received money transfers into his escrow account from several real estate closings, but did not distribute them as required.

Mark F. Giuliano, special agent in charge with the FBI Atlanta Field Office, said the FBI worked diligently to build a solid criminal investigation, and he "hopes that those victimized by Mr Landers' egregious breach of trust can take some solace in today's sentencing."

Yates added that Landers also transferred funds in amounts that far exceeded any closing fees or costs from his escrow account to his business checking account. Landers then used the money to pay various personal expenses.

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Gundoctor1 1 year, 9 months ago

2008 and he is just now being sentenced????? He must be really good at getting cases continued.. Bet he was in high demand by the drug dealers and others as well. Old Shirley could have used him and might not have gone to jail at all.... On the other hand he only took $850K he must not be as good as the others.

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