Nevada Lawyer Suspended After Stealing $400,000 to Support Gambling Addiction

A Las Vegas attorney who stole nearly $400,000 from clients to support his gambling addiction has been suspended by the Nevada Supreme Court.

The court rejected a recommendation to disbar Douglas Crawford.

Crawford admitted to 65 professional conduct violations primarily involving misappropriation of client funds.

In April, the State Bar of Nevada disciplinary panel unanimously recommended Crawford be disbarred.

The court said it opted for a lesser punishment based on mitigating factors, including Crawford's good character, reputation, remorse, and "mental disabilities of depression and gambling addiction."