Criminal Law

Houston lawyer charged in vast criminal conspiracy

A prominent Bellaire, Texas, lawyer with a history in the criminal spotlight and four others were charged in a vast criminal conspiracy case involving allegations of tax evasion, witness tampering and obstruction of justice, and accusing them of barratry, or “ambulance chasing,” and unlawfully soliciting clients through recruiters.

Prosecutors say the kickback scheme was the brainchild of Jeffrey Stern, founding partner of a personal injury firm where, according to its website, he oversees “a team of warriors” who take on wrongdoers and “help fight for equality and justice for those who can’t.” Stern faces prosecution along with two personal injury lawyers, a legal aide and a clinic owner.

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