COLUMBIA, SC — The federal trial of Richard J. Breibart, the Lexington lawyer who faces multiple felony charges of mail fraud and extortion, has been delayed until October, according to filings in his case.
Breibart, who was indicted by a federal grand jury last September, had been scheduled to have a jury trial in early July in Columbia.
Breibart is now scheduled to be tried at the U.S. Matthew Perry federal courthouse in October, according to court filings last week.
Court filings said that Breibart’s federal public defender attorney since earlier this year is retiring at the end of this month.
He is being replaced by a new public defender attorney, who needs time to become familiar with Breibart’s case and prepare an adequate defense, according to a court order signed by U.S. Judge Margaret Seymour.
Breibart is in the Lexington County detention center awaiting trial.
He has been suspended from practicing law by the S.C. Supreme Court.
A little more than a year ago, Breibart had the reputation of running one of the Midlands’ most successful law firms. Located in downtown Lexington, his firm -- which bore his name -- employed some two dozen lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff. His firm closed in May 2012.
A federal indictment accuses Breibart of using false claims to trick clients into giving him some $1 million to handle non-existent legal claims he told them they were facing. He faces 25 years in prison on each of the 10 counts.