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FDLE Agents arrest former attorney on embezzlement charges

5/17/2017
 
For Immediate Release
May 17, 2017
 
TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested David Land Whigham Tuesday on charges of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud. He faces 22 felony counts.
 
An investigation launched in April 2016 found that Whigham, a one-time licensed attorney who was disbarred in May 2016, had deprived his clients of at least $1.5 million through intent and false pretenses.
 
Beginning in July 2011 and continuing through April 2016, Whigham embezzled funds from 11 victims. The victims included charities, disabled adults and disabled children. Whigham was entrusted by his clients to act in their best interest and for their benefit; however, the investigation revealed he deceived his clients and utilized their money for his own personal benefit
 
                Whigham was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail on a $3 million bond. The State Attorney’s Office, 13th Circuit, will prosecute the case.
 
 
 
For Further Information Contact:
Angela Starke
FDLE Office of Public Information
(407) 988-5009 Mobile
(813) 878-7300 Tampa Bay
(850) 410-7001 Tallahassee