Disbarred TX attorney headed to jail

Disbarred Texas Lawyer Headed To Prison Over VA Scam
July 17, 2010
SAN ANTONIO (July 17, 2010)– Leo G. Alvarado, 58, a disbarred Texas lawyer has been sentenced to 4½ years in federal prison for stealing funds that were intended to help indigent veterans with their legal needs.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery also entered a monetary judgment against Alvarado for $134,350.35 on Friday.

Court records say Alvarado was a team manager for the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid who was paid to travel across Texas helping low-income veterans and widows file Veterans Administration claims.

Prosecutors say from Nov. 2003 to Feb. 2006 he submitted more than 500 fraudulent vouchers totaling $134,350.35 for purported business trips from his San Antonio home.

Investigators say he faked client names and social security numbers to get travel pay.

Alvarado pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud last October.