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Utah Lawyer Embezzled Millions from Family of Late Shane McConkey

Glenn McConkey raised one of freeskiing’s greatest icons. Now suffering from Alzheimer’s, a Utah estate lawyer has pleaded guilty to taking millions of her dollars.


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Utah Lawyer Embezzled Millions from Family of Late Shane McConkey


Utah-based lawyer Calvin Curtis pled guilty in a federal court earlier this month to embezzling millions of dollars from his clients, including Glenn McConkey, the mother of late freeskiing pioneer Shane McConkey. Glenn, who’s 79 and is suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia and lives in a full-time care facility in Utah, initially hired Curtis, an estate attorney in Salt Lake City who specializes in elder law, special needs trusts, and estate planning for those with disabilities, in 2014.

According to a Department of Justice statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, Curtis admitted that in his role as trustee for Glenn’s account, he transferred at least $9.5 million from Glenn’s estate into his own personal accounts and also created fraudulent financial statements, which he sent to the court-appointed conservator of Glenn’s accounts, a company called Stagg Fiduciary Services, to hide the money laundering. Curtis allegedly used the funds to remodel his own home, pay for personal travel, and support his law firm operations.

“Calvin Curtis’ greed had devastating consequences for his clients, who placed their trust and money in his hands,” said Dennis Rice, Special Agent in Charge of the Salt Lake City FBI. In a recent civil lawsuit, Curtis was ordered to pay more than $12 million in damages to Glenn, while prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of six years.

Glenn, who spent her career in real estate and owned dozens of properties, was always generous with her time and money. “Here was this woman who was a remarkable athlete who had an absolute passion for the outdoors and skiing, and she was also a charitable woman, kind and thoughtful,” says Bob Greer, who dated Glenn from 2002 until 2010. “She often did kind things anonymously and I believe that says a lot about a person’s character.”

Glenn volunteered during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and she donated money to many charities. Giving was a trait that got passed down to Shane, too: The McConkey Foundation, which his wife Sherry set up in Shane’s name after his death, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to educational and environmental programs since its inception in 2011.

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