A Lafayette man on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing almost $1.5 million from an insurance settlement that belonged to his disabled sister, officials said.
Kevin Ralph Andrus, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, and will be sentenced later. He faces 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office.
Andrus was the appointed curator for his sister’s estate after an automobile accident left her incapacitated and unable to manage her affairs. Andrus admitted to stealing $1,495,078 of lawsuit settlement funds that belonged to his sister, the release said.
The sister, whose name was not released, discovered the money had been transferred to bank accounts belonging to Andrus, who swore an oath to spend the money only on approved expenses for his sister.
Secret Service agents investigated the crime that was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Myers Namie and David Joseph.