Disbarred Coralville attorney sentenced to prison for mail fraud

Disbarred Iowa attorney sentenced to prison for mail fraud
AP/Hunter
8/12/17
A disbarred Iowa attorney from Coralville who eluded the FBI for almost five years has been sentenced to prison for mail fraud.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 52-year-old Dennis Bjorklund was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty in March to 11 counts of mail fraud. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors say Bjorklund was an attorney in Coralville from 1993 to 2006. In 2005, he began a scheme while representing people charged with driving drunk. Bjorklund instructed his clients to donate to a substance abuse charity to try to garner leniency from the court. But the charity was a fake he had set up himself to collect the donations for his own use.
Multiple clients agreed to donate to the charity, Re-Adapt, from August 2005 to 2006. 
He was disbarred in 2006.
Bjorklund fled after he was indicted in April of 2010, and the FBI in 2013 said he hadn’t been seen at his last known address in Coralville since the indictment. He was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for white collar crimes in 2015 and was found in April of that year when he was arrested in a Pueblo, Colorado, traffic stop.
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Location : ColoradoCoralvilleIowaPueblo
People : Dennis Bjorklund
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