Grant King, attorney accused of keeping settlements, faces federal charges

A local attorney accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in settlement money from his clients now faces federal charges. Grant King is accused of defrauding multiple clients of insurance settlements adding up to at least $550,000, U.S. Attorney John Kuhn announced.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday that Grant King was charged in a criminal information Monday with charges including two counts of wire fraud and a count of aggravated identity theft. Numerous client’s of Kings said they hired him to recover damages from insurance companies, but never received their settlement money. King is accused of reaching settlements with companies, then keeping most or all of the settlement amounts. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, King is also accused of getting a $97,500 personal loan from someone in McCracken County and transferring the title of a boat as collateral. King is accused of then applying for a duplicate title for the boat, selling the boat without the knowledge of the person who gave him the loan, and never repaying the loan. 

The McCracken County-based attorney was charged with theft in April and May, after at least 30 clients have made claims against him. On Friday the special prosecutor on the case, Mark Blakenship, said he plans to drop state charges once federal charges are filed against King. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says if King is convicted, he could face up to 42 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 and three years of mandatory supervised release. 

For more on the Federal charges King faces, you can read the full criminal information document below this story. 

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