Sunday, November 12, 2006
A press release of the US Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia tells of a plaintiff's attorney who plead guilty to federal criminal charges. The press release states in part that the defendant:
"was a plaintiff’s lawyer who specialized in construction litigation and represented many individuals who suffered physical injury and property damage resulting from mold infestations in their homes. Unbeknownst to his clients, Peebles would settle their cases, forge their signatures on the checks, and eventually convert the money to his own use. When the clients called and asked about the settlement money, Peebles would lie to them, and if necessary, pay the complaining client with settlement proceeds that belonged to his other clients."
The defendant, disbarred from the practice of law, was initially "charged with nine counts of fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft," but "pleaded to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft."