Preble County lawyer found guilty

EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Preble County lawyer accused of theft and falsification while working as the appointed executor for several elderly clients has been found guilty.

James Thomas Jr., 38, of Brookville, pleaded no contest to three counts of theft from an elderly person or disabled adult and three counts of falsification Wednesday morning and was found him guilty of the charges by Judge Neal Bronson.

The Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation found that Thomas took more than $208,000 from four victims’ bank accounts between 2007 and 2013.  The victims, who range in age from 41-72, are all Preble County residents.

“As guardian of their estates, it was this defendant’s job to protect these individuals from financial exploitation, but the investigation found that he regularly used their bank accounts as his personal ATM,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Those who prey on Ohio’s vulnerable citizens should be on notice that we will do everything we can to protect our elderly and disabled citizens from those who take advantage of them.”

Thomas is a junior partner with Thomas Law Firm in Eaton. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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