Attorney accused of taking money from clients in federal custody

Richard Breibart (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Richard Breibart (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A prominent Lexington attorney accused of duping his clients out of more than $1 million is no longer in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Richard Breibart was released from the Lexington County Detention Center this week into the custody of the US Marshal's Service.

When we checked the Federal Bureau of Prisons web site, it indicates he's "in transit," not where he's currently being held.

Earlier this month Breibart's attorneys asked that he receive a mental evaluation, claiming he's had multiple seizures since May.

We've been unable to reach anyone from the US Attorney's Office for comment.

But we've also learned the US Attorney's Office Thursday asked the court to release a restraining order on a Lexington County Property Breibart owned so that First Citizens and Trust Company can continue with foreclosure proceedings.

It appears a request has also been made to cancel a pretrial hearing and jury selection in Breibart's case that was scheduled for the first and second week of the new year.

Richard Breibart was charged in September with extortion, mail fraud, and wire fraud.

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