Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:41

Attorney Indicted on Theft, Forgery Charges

July 23, 2019 – A longtime Memphis lawyer has been indicted on felony charges of stealing money from multiple clients totaling more than $250,000, in part by forging their signatures on settlement checks which they never received, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The counts against Michael Skouteris include theft of property over $250,000, and two counts of forgery over $60,000. The theft case involves seven client-victims, four of whom also were victims in the two forgery cases.
Skouteris, 49, was arrested Monday afternoon and is being held in the Shelby County Jail.
A grand jury also indicted Skouteris on theft of property over $10,000 from his law firm – Skouteris Walk PLLC – which was formed in January of 2014. He was fired from the firm two years later, suspended from practicing law by the Board of Professional Responsibility and was ordered not to make any withdrawals from the law firm’s trust account without authority to do so. Instead, according to the indictment, Skouteris in May of 2016 made six cash withdrawals from the account totaling more than $10,000.
Investigators said he defrauded clients in cases involving nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, personal injury and worker’s compensation. The cases date to as early as January of 2011 and continued to January 2016.
The total amount Skouteris stole from clients through forgery or deceit was in excess of $250,000, an A felony that would carry up to 25 years in prison.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Byron Winsett of the DA’s Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Forrest Edwards. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.