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FBI investigating Waterloo attorney for missing client money

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case of a Waterloo attorney accused of stealing money from the widow of a man who died in a grain bin accident.

David Roth, 51, lived in Hudson, and worked at Gallagher, Langlas and Gallagher in Waterloo. Roth took his own life on September 23.

A Waverly family has filed a claim against his estate. In 2013, Nicole Schneider, of Waverly, lost her husband Adam in a grain bin accident. Following that, she contacted Roth for legal advice.

In the court filings, her lawyers claim he asked her how much money she had received from Adam's life insurance. She told him she had $64,164.40 in savings accounts and memorial funds.

Schneider said Roth advised her to write a check to the law firm so he could create a conservatorship for the funds. She believes he then stole the money, and never created that account.

Roth's body was found in Hudson. According to his death certificate, he texted a friend beforehand saying he was going to "do something to himself."

A second claim was filed against Roth's estate on Nov. 4. A lawyer representing a Glenda Lovrien, of Clarksville, filed the document, which includes a copy of a check for $50,000 made out to Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher P.C.

Court records value Roth's estate at about $700,000.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said the investigation was forwarded to the FBI at the request of the county attorney. He said it's likely to protect Roth's law firm, which is a potential victim of theft in this case as well.

It's unclear at this point if criminal charges will be filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

KWWL has reached out the Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, but hasn't heard back.

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