LOS ANGELES ¬óAuthorities say a former attorney has been sentenced to three years in jail for fleecing his clients out of nearly $370,000.

David Robinson, 44, of Santa Monica, was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court.

Robinson pleaded no contest last year to 10 felony counts of grand theft and one count of practicing law without a license.

Authorities say that between April 2007 and April 2010 Robinson received $367,953 in settlements he negotiated for clients.

Instead of giving that money to them, he deposited it in a trust, then withdrew it for himself.

During part of that time Robinson’s law license was suspended.

He has since resigned from the state Bar Association and repaid $75,000.

Authorities say 11 former clients and one of Robinson’s employees were victimized.

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