Costa Rica News – An Irvine attorney suspected of fleeing to Costa Rica after stealing about $2 million from a client’s auto injury settlement was named in a three-count federal indictment Friday, March 9, authorities said.
Philip James Layfield, 44 — who was arrested in New Jersey last week after returning to the United States — has been charged with mail fraud and two counts of money laundering, Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said.
Layfield will be arraigned after he is transported by the U.S. Marshals Service from New Jersey to Los Angeles.
He was suspended by the State Bar of California in January, Mrozek said, adding the defendant is also a certified public accountant.
Faced with declining revenues, Layfield in 2016 closed his firm, Layfield