Former Dunn County Attorney Bound Over on Forgery and Theft Charges

Nov 17 2014
Former Dunn County Attorney Bound Over on Forgery and Theft Charges

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that former attorney William Lamb of Menomonie was bound over for trial on forgery and theft charges after a preliminary hearing before Barron County Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Bitney, presiding in Dunn County Circuit Court.


At the preliminary hearing, retired Menomonie Police Department Investigator David Pellett testified that in the fall of 2012, one of the defendant’s former clients reported that the client had authorized his attorney, the defendant, to settle a personal injury case for him.  Investigator Pellett testified that his investigation showed that in April 2008, the defendant received a settlement check for $10,500 from an insurance company.  Investigator Pellett testified that bank records showed that the defendant deposited the check with his and his client’s signature on it into the defendant’s personal account and never gave any of the money to his client.  Investigator Pellett testified that the client did not consent for the defendant to sign his name or retain possession of the settlement money.


A telephone scheduling conference is set for January 20, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.  While the defendant has been charged in a criminal complaint, he is presumed innocent and the state will need to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This matter was investigated by the Menomonie Police Department.  Victim services are being provided by the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office.  The state is being represented by Assistant Attorney General Annie Jay. A copy of the complaint can be found here.