EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A 55-year-old former Oregon personal injury lawyer has been sentenced to five years in prison for a scheme to embezzle more than $1.1 million in client funds.
Court documents show Bryan Gruetter admitted that he and others used the money to pay for personal and business expenses. He pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy. He was sentenced Monday in Eugene.
Federal prosecutors say that in February 2012, the Oregon State Bar took custody of Gruetter's law practice, and in March 2012, he surrendered his law license. He had offices in Bend and Portland.
The Oregon State Bar has paid more than $900,000 to some of his clients, exhausting a fund maintained for such purposes and requiring an increase in members' assessments to replenish it.