The Washington State Bar Association is paying nearly $700,000 to people swindled by a former Everett attorney.

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EVERETT —

The Washington State Bar Association is paying nearly $700,000 to people swindled by a former Everett attorney.

Barry Hammer, 62, was caught bilking more than two dozen clients in a real-estate investment scheme. He’s been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

The Herald newspaper of Everett reports that the bar association will dip into a special client-protection fund to repay 26 of his victims. Every attorney in the state pays $15 a year into the fund for clients hurt by a lawyer’s dishonesty.

An attorney’s malpractice insurance typically doesn’t cover intentionally wrongful acts.