Former Durham attorney sentenced for theft from client accounts

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CONCORD — Former attorney David C. Dunn, 64, of Durham, has been sentenced to 5-10 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for stealing over $359,000 from client accounts, Attorney General John M.

Formella announced today.

Dunn pleaded guilty to four class A felony counts of theft by misapplication of property in the Hillsborough County-Northern District Superior Court.

The investigation, conducted between March 16, 2016, and June 9, 2021, found that Dunn, while practicing law in Manchester, unlawfully obtained funds from multiple clients to support his law practice and pay his salary.

Disbarred in 2022, Dunn faced the court’s decision to suspend 4 years of the minimum term for 10 years, with the condition that he may not practice law or serve as a fiduciary in any capacity.

The sentences will run concurrently, and Dunn has paid full restitution prior to sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit’s Investigator Calice Couchman-Ducey, with assistance from the New Hampshire Attorney Discipline Office.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the same unit, prosecuted the case.

Victims of elder abuse or financial exploitation are urged to contact local police or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at 1-800-949-0470.

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