Disbarred attorney gets 45 years in trust theft

Mary Ann Cavazos
November 21, 2006
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX)

A district judge sentenced one of two Corpus Christi men accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a dying man’s estate to 45 years in prison.

Colin Kaufman, 59, a disbarred attorney, was found guilty Friday of first-degree felony misapplication of fiduciary property.

Kaufman also was fined $10,000.

Last week 56-year-old Andrew Huffmeyer, a former certified public accountant, pleaded guilty to the same charge for his role in helping Kaufman take approximately $400,000 from Arthur Wilson Carothers’ trust accounts. Carothers had been a client of Huffmeyer’s before 2002, when he was hit by a truck and fell into a coma.

Huffmeyer testified against Kaufman in the trial and will serve five years in prison.

Two attorneys from the state Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case, with help from a Nueces County assistant district attorney. Visiting District Judge Joaquin Villarreal III presided over the trial.

  • ackerman

    Are you sure he was not a morbidly obese don windle affiliate.don windle will die with 108 degree fever for days, torchered by more anguish than he has ever caused.