Attorney steals millions, severely disabled San Antonio woman among the victims
SAN ANTONIO —
Life for 30-year-old Sharona Dagani has never been easy.
She was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy from medical mistakes made when she was born. By the age of 12, she beat cancer. She's had double-eye and hip surgeries.
She has always been a fighter.
The most recent obstacle she has had to overcome has possibly been the hardest to accept.
Dagani was robbed of her life savings, a house and her remaining money from a $2 million medical malpractice settlement. The major theft is at this hands of her former attorney Robert Graham.
"He took everything that I had. He took all my finances and left me with absolutely nothing," said Dagani.
Her neurological disorder affects her ability to move and speak. She also needs speech, physical and occupational therapy. The money would provide care for her special needs throughout her life.
It was in a special needs trust fund that Graham was trusted to handle.
In September, Graham pleaded guilty to several counts of major theft, exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person and destroying evidence.
The once-trusted, Las Vegas lawyer is believed to have embezzled more than $17 million. Officials believe he had more than 50 victims.
His victims were among the most vulnerable of clients; disabled, elderly, special needs, and even orphans.
"Like why me? First, it was medical malpractice when I was born. Now, it's legal malpractice," said Dagani.
As part of his plea deal agreement, restitution was ordered but the Clark County District Attorney's office believes it's unlikely anyone will get their money... leaving Sharona helpless.
"How could he do this to people?," said Dagani.
Medicaid only covers 51 hours of at-home care per week but Sharona needs 24-hour help. She relies on her caregivers from the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed.
Without her money, she cannot afford the basic necessities of life.
"I'm really struggling financially. I can barely afford rent, let alone power, water," said Dagani.
Sharona's strong faith in God has helped her keep going.
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