Keokuk County, Iowa — A client charged with Fraudulent Practice in the 1st Degree, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, avoided a felony conviction when lawyer Katie Sears negotiated a plea for a lesser charge. At the sentencing hearing, the client received a deferred judgment over the State’s resistance and was placed on probation. The client’s civil penalty was suspended.
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