Crime

October 31, 2012

Delay granted for SC attorney accused of extortion

A case delay was granted Wednesday for Lexington attorney Richard Breitbart, who is charged with extorting more than $1 million from clients. The case is delayed until January

The Lexington attorney charged with extorting more than $1 million from clients has been given a delay in his case.

An attorney for Richard Breibart requested the delay Wednesday. John Hare said he had just received more than 1,000 pages from prosecutors and needed time to review the documents. A judge delayed case until January.

Breibart appeared in a red jail uniform and shackles and said only that he agreed with the request for the delay.

Federal prosecutors say Breibart got money from clients by threatening them with criminal charges or civil penalties that did not exist.

Breibart was charged last month with five counts of extortion, four counts of mail fraud and a count of wire fraud. The indictment lists three victims who gave money to Breibart.

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