Former Colchester Attorney Accused of Stealing More Than $430,000 from 2 Clients

A former Colchester attorney has been arrested, accused of stealing more than $430,000 from two clients he represented in separate probate matters.

State police have charged 65-year-old John Butts, of Salem, with first-degree larceny and said he is accused of stealing more than $150,000 from a woman when he failed to provide her the funds for the sale of her late father's condo in Colchester.

State police said the victim repeatedly asked about the funds and made trips from Arizona to Connecticut to meet with Butts but never received the proceeds from the sale.

Butts is also accused of stealing around $276,000 from another client he represented in a probate matter, according to the State Division of Criminal Justice.

Officials said Butts was suspended from practicing law in February 2017 and surrendered his license to practice in September 2017.

Butts is due in court on Jan. 25 for both cases.

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