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Attorney charged with gambling clients money

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) -- A local attorney faces charges of bilking clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and investigators say he's been at it for awhile.

Monday, Boone County deputies charged John Arnett with five counts of theft by unlawful taking and three counts of forgery.  Investigators say he gambled away clients' money. 

The case came to light in December when Arnett was not able to disburse more than 82,000 dollars to a couple after a court proceeding.  At that time he was jailed for contempt of court.  Since then investigators say they have found additional victims going back 13 years.  They estimate he took more than 650,000 dollars. 

Arnett faces more than 50 years in prison and 50,000 dollars in fines if convicted

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