Saturday, July 09, 2016

Georgia Lawyer Is Prime Suspect After Over $100K From Real Estate Escrow Accounts Goes AWOL; Cops Allegedly Discover Loot In One Of Defendant's Personal Company Accounts

In Jasper, Georgia, WXIA-TV Channel 11 reports:
  • A Pickens County attorney [has been] accused of stealing from at least two of his clients.

    Christopher Mark Miller, with the law firm Miller & Associates in Jasper, is being held on 48 charges ranging from theft by deception to financial transaction card fraud.

    Captain Kris Stancil with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office says their investigation started when more than $100,000 from various land deals went missing from their escrow accounts. Investigators say Mark Miller took part in those sales and that the money was eventually found in one of his personal company accounts.(1)
    "If anyone has had representation from Mr. Miller or has been a part of a transaction that Mr. Miller was involved in on either side of the table that they take a look at their records and make sure what’s supposed to be there is there," said Stancil.
For the story, see Pickens attorney is accused of stealing money from clients.

(1) The Clients' Security Fund of the State Bar of Georgia was established to promote public confidence in the administration of justice and the integrity of the legal profession by providing monetary relief to persons who suffer reimbursable losses as a result of the dishonest conduct of Members of the State Bar of Georgia. Go here for more on eligible claims. Reference: Georgia State Bar Rules - Part X, Clients' Security Fund.

For similar "attorney ripoff reimbursement funds" that attempt to clean up the financial mess created by the dishonest conduct of lawyers licensed in other states and Canada, see:
Maps available courtesy of The National Client Protection Organization, Inc.

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