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Banks, former clients file claims in Roth case

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More claims have been filed against the estate of David Roth. Credit card giant American Express is seeking to reclaim $90,835.61 for debt on two accounts, and Capitol One is looking recover $2139.07 on one account.

Veridian Credit Union is also seeking $50,295.58 on one claim, $20,277.63 for a loan on 2012 Ford F-250, and $24,816.75 for another 2012 F-250.

None of these banks claim fraud.

Roth took his own life in September. He worked as an attorney for Gallagher, Langlas and Gallagher in Waterloo. Since his death, he's been accused of stealing millions of dollars from clients by claiming he was investing their settlements, and taking the money.

His law firm maintains they had no prior knowledge of his accused actions.

En masse, claimants are seeking to recover millions from Roth's estate and his firm. Several alleged victims have come forward in the past few weeks. Robert Kayser, of Waterloo, is seeking $26,700 because he says Roth never paid him in two cases. Bonnie Messingham, also of Waterloo, filed paperwork saying she's owed $70,000. She believes Roth falsified her signature to settle her personal injury case without her permission, and accepted only $16,000 while telling her. She says she never saw the money either.

A.C. Investments, the firm of former Evansdale mayor Chad Deutsch, has filed a claim against Roth's estate for $270,763.78 for a loan they say Roth requested in the name of his law firm. The initial amount was $200,000, and Deutsch notes that interest is currently accruing at $789.04 per day.

At least one apparent victim, Paul Nicolaisen, has filed a civil lawsuit against Roth's estate and former law firm. She claims he falsely deposited funds from her marriage dissolution, and seeks to reclaim $1.9 million.

She has also filed a separate place-holder claim against his estate.

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