A longtime attorney has been arrested on costs he stole funds entrusted to him by a customer of his Charleston legislation company.
John K. Blincow Jr., 62, was arrested Dec. 17 on a person depend of felony breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
A girl informed Charleston law enforcement in October she had retained Blincow to stand for her in a federal civil lawsuit, in accordance to an incident report.
The female claimed she wrote Blincow a $50,000 check as a retainer for his solutions. He was to attract from that for operate he done. She wrote a 2nd verify for $25,000, which he was intended to use to shell out for professional testimony in the circumstance, the report states.
The scenario was dismissed and the woman requested the stability of her cash again, but Blincow failed to provide it.
“Just after many attempts to get her income back, (the lady) recorded a cell phone call with Mr. Blincow where he admitted to using the cash she provided for private use,” in accordance to the report.
Blincow represented the lady in a particular harm lawsuit initially filed in the 9th Judicial Circuit’s popular pleas court in March. The lawsuit was moved to federal court docket, but dismissed in June for lack of jurisdiction, in accordance to court information.
Law enforcement named Blincow the morning of Dec. 17, claimed spokeswoman Sgt. Elisabeth Wolfsen. The attorney voluntarily satisfied with officers for an interview at the law enforcement office, soon after which he was arrested and taken to the county jail, she stated.
Blincow is scheduled to surface at a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Dec. 18.
Blincow has successfully litigated dozens of scenarios in Charleston County, defending a range of overall health treatment experts as nicely as large companies like Greenback General and Food stuff Lion.
He specializes in professional medical malpractice, products liability, design defect and own personal injury, according to his profile on his firm’s web page.
Blincow experienced at the very least 16 civil litigation situations pending in Charleston County Circuit Court as of Dec. 15, a lot of of which experienced to do with health care malpractice.
He is thought of to be a common member of the South Carolina Bar in good standing, in accordance to his Bar profile.
Blincow has been certified to apply regulation in South Carolina considering that 1984 soon after graduating that exact same yr from the University of South Carolina Faculty of Law.
He was selected to Super Legal professionals in 2008, 2014 by means of 2020 and 2022. The peer designation is awarded only to a find selection of accomplished attorneys in just about every state, in accordance to its web page.
He commenced his career prosecuting legal cases with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Workplace in Columbia. In 1989, he entered private observe, doing work for corporations in Charleston.
He began his individual business, Blincow Griffin, in 2015 with fellow legal professional John Griffin. The organization is at 126 Meeting St. in Charleston.
The pair has more than 60 years of encounter “promoting and preserving their clients’ passions,” according to the firm’s web-site.
“Law is a sacred have faith in we make,” the web site states.
The legislation firm could not immediately be attained for comment on Dec. 17.
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