Richmond, Virginia based lawyer, who got $20,000 from Ellen DeGeneres as a struggling student, is accused of bringing drugs to jail and having sex with an inmate
Dana Lauren Tapper was indicted on April 20 on one count each of providing a prisoner a cellphone, drugs, and distribution of a controlled substance
Sources claim she visited the inmate hundreds of times and had sex with him, in the relationship that tripped her up
The married Richmond based attorney, allegedly has a history of ‘visiting’ with inmates, and intervening in their cases, including those she’s not representing
Tapper appeared in 2013 episode of DeGeneres’ show, after friend wrote about her work with troubled kids was surprised with check
Tapper who is married also faces a bar hearing for ‘misconduct’ in June
While she remains in good standing at the bar, her current marital status remains unclear
Law student Dana Tapper seen [left], on the Ellen DeGeneres show five years ago, where she was gifted $20,000 for her volunteer work with the under-privileged. Now a full fledged attorney with a practice in Virginia, Tapper has been accused of providing drugs and having sex with an inmate
A Virginia lawyer who was once gifted $20,000 by Ellen DeGeneres when she was a law student has been accused of proving drugs and having sex with an inmate.
Dana Lauren Tapper, 30, was arrested on Wednesday, charged with providing improper conduct with an inmate.
A central Virginia multi-jurisdictional grand jury on April 20 indicted Tapper, 30, of Richmond on one count each of providing a prisoner with a cellphone, providing a prisoner with drugs, and distribution of a controlled substance, barcomplaint reports.
One source claims Tapper visited the inmate hundreds of times at the Riverside Regional Jail to smuggle drugs and have sex with him in prison.
It has been a drastic fall for Tapper, who was celebrated on 2013 episode of DeGeneres’ talk show when she was a University of Virginia law student.
back in 2013 when she was a law student at the University of Virginia, DeGeneres had invited Tapper to the show after a friend wrote a letter about her work with troubled low-income children
‘Most law students are lured in by promises of large corporate salaries to help pay off their debt,’ the letter, obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, read.
‘But Dana has been steadfast in her commitment to helping those less fortunate.’
During her appearance on the show, Tapper told DeGeneres that she was the first person in her family to go to college.
She also talked of her dreams to help those in the juvenile justice system.
‘The only reason I went to law school was to work with kids,’ she told the host.
DeGeneres then surprised Tapper with a $20,000 gift donated from online photo service Shutterfly.