Pismo Beach attorney sentenced to probation
May 22, 2012
The Pismo Beach attorney who plead no contest to charges he embezzled more than a quarter-million dollars from a deceased client’s estate was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution on Monday.
Judge Barry LaBarbera credited William Peter Terhune, 57, with 213 days for time served in the San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Terhune transferred nearly $275,000 from the estate of former Los Osos resident Junko S. Hensling to his private business account. The estate’s beneficiary resides in Japan and had yet to receive any payments when Terhune was arrested last summer.
In July 2011, the State Bar seized Terhune’s law practice and has since disbarred him.