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More fraud claims emerge against attorney

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Another claim of fraud has been filed against the estate of David Roth.

The Timp family, of Fort Atkinson, claims Roth fraudulently diverted $15,000 in settlement funds. The family received that money after their daughter was abused in 2008 at Over the Rainbow Daycare in Lawler.

They allege that Roth did not invest the funds as promised, but instead stole the.

Roth was a lawyer at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. in Waterloo. He took his own life on Sept. 23.

This is the third claim against Roth's estate the alleges wrongdoing. The first, by Nicole Schneider, of Waverly, claims Roth stole $64,000 in life insurance payouts. Another, by Glenda Lovrien, of Clarksville, claims $50,000 was taken.

A trust for Edward J. Gallagher, senior partner at the firm, has also filed against Roth's estate, looking to recoup $121,418.63 on a loan he made to Roth.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case. Thomas Langlas said the firm declines to comment on the investigation.

Roth's estate is valued at $700,000. So far, claims against it total about $250,000.

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher have also been granted a request to withdraw from managing the estate of Bodee Peterson, a boy killed when he was struck by a Waterhawks Ski show in 2011. In the firms withdrawal papers, they write that they must withdraw because "....the administrator has asserted a claim against the firm arising from the activities of Mr. Roth..."

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