Disabled local woman, orphans among victims convicted attorney stolen millions from
SAN ANTONIO —
Attorney Robert Graham, who stole millions of dollars from his clients including a disabled San Antonio woman, received a maximum sentence for his actions.
The once-trusted lawyer will spend 16 to 40 years in prison for five felony charges of theft and exploitation of an older/vulnerable person.
Sharona Dagani, a San Antonio 30-year-old, was one of his victims. Dagani said Graham stole her life savings, a house and her remaining money from a $2 million medical malpractice settlement.
"He took everything that I had," Dagani said. "He took all my finances and left me with absolutely nothing."
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.
Instead of giving her victim impact statement, Dagani played our story we previously aired on her.
In September, Graham pleaded guilty to several counts of major theft, exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person and destroying evidence. The disbarred 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?" Dagan said. "First, it was medical malpractice when I was born. Now, it's legal malpractice."
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 Dagani helpless.
"How could he do this to people?" Dagani said.
Medicaid only covers 51 hours of at-home care per week but Dagani 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," Dagani said.
Sharona's strong faith in God has helped her keep going.
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