Disbarred former LeClairRyan attorney Bruce Matson charged in criminal case
JUL 15, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: JUL 17, 2021
Bruce Matson, a veteran Richmond attorney who was disbarred last year for his mishandling of millions of dollars in a major bankruptcy case, has been charged criminally by federal prosecutors.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday hit Matson with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding related to his work as the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of collapsed Henrico-based title insurance giant LandAmerica while he was employed at law firm LeClairRyan.
The brief two-page filing states that Matson “did corruptly influence, obstruct and impede, and endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede, the due and proper administration of the law under which a pending proceeding was being had before an agency of the United States, that is the United States Trustee Program.”
The U.S. Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice.
Matson was charged via the criminal information process, which does not require a grand jury indictment and typically involves cooperation from the defendant.
Matson was not arrested as part of the charges.
He remains free at least until his initial court appearance…