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Iowa lawyer Robert Allan Wright Jr. was suspended for a year by the Attorney Disciplinary Board in December for mishandling client funds. One client received a "Nigerian inheritance" letter in 2011, and Wright apparently jumped at the opportunity to receive "$18 million," seemingly unaware of what almost everyone else in the developed world knows about unsolicited Nigerian business deals. By December 2013, Wright had looted accounts of other clients to pay the "fees" necessary to free up the $18 million. He was spared a more onerous punishment only because the board concluded that Wright "honestly ... continues to believe" that the inheritance is real — that "one day a trunk full of ... $100 bills is going to appear upon his office doorstep."

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