Dustyn Codie Martin, a former Hamburg lawyer, recently was sentenced to five years in prison, plus a lengthy suspended sentence (SIS) for theft from a Drew County client, theft from Drew County relatives for loans obtained by fraud, theft of services from three individuals for remodeling work on an office in Ashley County, and forgery for real estate fraud in Ashley County.
Martin also surrendered his license to practice law in lieu of disbarment.
Prior to his guilty plea, Martin, 28, paid his Drew County client, Patsy Carpenter, in full. According to court documents, Martin deceptively obtained more than $100,000 from Carpenter. See related story.
As part of his negotiated plea, Martin agreed to make restitution to his other victims. In Drew County, Martin obtained by deception the property of two other individuals. He will repay $50,000 to one victim and $22,429 to another during his 144 month SIS, according to court documents.
In addition to the Drew County victims, Martin will pay three Ashley County victims for the cost of remodeling services he fraudulently obtained. He will pay restitution of $7,299 to one victim, $8,259.59 to another, and $975 to the third victim during his SIS.
Martin was sentenced to five years in prison for each of his crimes with all sentences to run concurrent.