WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former South Florida attorney who went missing for months has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for fraud involving theft of money from clients.

A federal judge imposed the sentence Wednesday on Timothy McCabe of Lake Worth, who had faced a 12-year maximum sentence. McCabe pleaded guilty in October to five fraud charges involving more than $6 million and 73 victims.

McCabe dropped out of sight April 2 but later turned himself in to authorities. His partner said McCabe had financial problems.

In a letter to the sentencing judge, McCabe said he paid off the house he and his wife shared before hopping on a bus to travel the country. McCabe said he slept in rooming houses until returning to face charges.

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