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Law firm ‘case runner’ scamming clients pleads guilty

Forty-seven-year-old Elpidio “Pete” Gongora, Jr., a case runner for a law firm in San Antonio, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection to several charges on Thursday, July 28. His crimes include mail fraud, tax evasion, and bankruptcy fraud in connection to stealing over $1.6 million that was meant to be given as settlements for lawyers’ clients.

The FBI said that Gongora used the money he stole to buy a $550,000 house on the far West Side, an $850,000 house in the Dominion subdivision, and a $600,000 house on the Texas coast. Gongora also allegedly purchased a $118,000 Ferrari, a $185,000 Lamborghini, a $28,000 Mercedes-Benz, as well as an $85,000 boat and trailer. He registered these assets in another name. He was also reported to have spent more than $28,650 on tickets to see the San Antonio Spurs play.

At Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, we understand the serious consequences a criminal conviction can have on someone’s life. We are here to help you fight charges such as theft, fraud, and white collar crimes. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more about your legal options.

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