Former KC-area attorney sentenced for fraud

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A disbarred Raytown lawyer has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for fraud and must pay nearly $350,000 in restitution to his victims.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says 63-year-old Harley Kent Desselle’s victims include a foundation for Sam and Lindsey Porter and the widow of a man killed in an automobile accident.
Desselle was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in May to one count of bank fraud and one count of bankruptcy fraud. He admitted stealing $19,500 from the foundation set up for the Porter children, who were killed by their father in 2004 but not found until 2007.
He also admitted stealing $343,000 from the life insurance proceeds of a friend’s widow whose husband was killed in 1996, and $5,749 from a client in a bankruptcy case.