Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Case Closed in Second Injury Fund

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Case Closed in Second Injury Fund

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The settlements in the Second Injury Fund mark the end of a sordid chapter in Missouri history. On Monday, former lawyer William E. Roussin agreed to pay $600,000 for defrauding the fund, while the estate of the late Morris B. Kessler also agreed to pay up. These financial agreements follow settlements with other lawyers, a judge and a chiropractor. The state stands to collect roughly $1.4 million - although no one knows, or can know, just how much money was ripped off.

The scandal, first revealed by Terry Ganey of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was a gripping tale of low deeds in high places. The Second Injury Fund was an obscure state fund that paid medical benefits to people whose injuries on the job were exacerbated by previous medical problems. Lured by greed, attorneys got caught up in deceitful schemes and practices. The fund was a cash cow milked, even bilked, by a host of supposedly reputable characters.

The scandal reached then-Attorney General William Webster, a rising star in the GOP firmament. …

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