Lexington attorney accused of extortion set to have mental evaluation

December 26, 2012 

— A Lexington attorney accused of extorting more than $1 million from clients could be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation soon.

As of late Wednesday, Richard Breibart's status as a federal inmate was listed as “in transit,” according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Breibart’s attorney John Hare filed for an evaluation of his client earlier this month, said U.S. Attorney General’s Office public information officer Beth Drake. That request was granted by the court Dec. 7, she said.

While Drake could not verify which facility Breibart could have been transported to, due to safety reasons, it is not uncommon for an inmate's transporting to take several days, she said.

In court papers filed earlier, Hare said his client has had multiple seizures since May. Hare also said his client may have been insane at the time of his alleged crimes and might not be able to help in his own defense. U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles says prosecutors agreed with the request, according to earlier reports.

Breibart was charged in September with extortion, mail fraud and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say he got money from clients by threatening them with criminal charges or civil penalties that did not exist.

Mindy Lucas

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