SAN FRANCISCO — A former lawyer convicted of embezzling from a client can’t pay less in restitution just because two of his victims were already reimbursed, a California appeal court decided today.

In 2009, Edward Duff Hume was convicted of felony embezzlement with an excess taking enhancement after pleading no contest to transferring money from the trust of an elderly client after the man died. A San Mateo County Superior Court judge sentenced Hume to four years in prison and ordered him to pay back more than $1.3 million to three victims.

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