JC lawyer charged with stealing from peer

A Jefferson City lawyer, already facing charges of bringing drugs into the Cole County Jail in October 2012, is now facing a charge of felony stealing.

Thomas Robbins, 34, is accused of taking money from another attorney, Dan Dodson, whom he shared property with in the 300 block of Marshall Street, between January 2010 and August 2011.

Dodson said he and Robbins had agreed to use Robbins’ credit card device since Dodson did not have one. Dodson said Robbins had agreed to pay Dodson back the funds that Dodson ran through the credit card device.

During the time Dodson and Robbins shared office space, Dodson used the device numerous times to take credit card payments from his clients. Dodson said Robbins’ credit card account received payments from Dodson’s clients with the understanding that funds would be repaid to Dodson’s practice.

According to Dodson, his clients charged $74,057 through Robbins’ credit card device. Dodson said he did receive a partial payment from Robbins in the amount of $24,748, but has not gotten any funds since.

In January 2012, Dodson received an email from Robbins that said Dodson would receive a payout along with the appropriate tax forms by or before April 15, 2012.

Dodson said that was the last he had heard from Robbins and is still owed $46,309.

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