Victims have little recourse after being swindled by Lexington a - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Victims have little recourse after being swindled by Lexington attorney

Leland Boozer Leland Boozer
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Leland Boozer is blunt and forceful reacting to the 63 month prison sentence handed down to Richard Breibart.

"Very unfair," Boozer said. "Unfair to the legal system, unfair to the judicial system, unfair to the people of this state. Unfair to anybody that reads a newspaper. Unfair to everybody that you talk to realizes this is totally unfair. The judicial system is broke."

Boozer is one of more than a dozen, perhaps dozens, of people swindled out of their money by the former Lexington attorney.

Boozer said he and his family members turned over more than $700,000 to Breibart.

Money they thought would be put in a trust fund for safekeeping.

That cash vanished as Breibart used it to cover cost overruns at his law firm.

The losses became especially hard to bear for Boozer as his wife struggled with Alzheimer's Disease and his father neared the end of his life.

"My dad died," Boozer said. "I owed my dad money.That's how it affected me… I'm ashamed of it. I don't like it."

Boozer said his daughter still blames him for ruining the family's finances.

"She's convinced that I'm the thief and not Mr. Breibart," Boozer said. "And so it has totally destroyed our family."

Boozer said he's trying to hang on financially and hopes someday to pull his family back together.

"I'm 73 years old, I can still make a dollar," Boozer said. "My back's still good. My arms are good, my legs are good. The Lord's blessed me. He's blessed me and will continue to bless me. Money's not worth anything. My integrity is. And I lost that."

In court yesterday, Breibart told the judge the money he fraudulently took from his clients was all spent to cover office expenses.

Boozer said he doesn't believe it, he believes some of that money has been hidden away.

Federal authorities have found no evidence of that.

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:51:49 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 6:42 AM EDT2018-05-21 10:42:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    More >>

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    More >>
  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 6:42 AM EDT2018-05-21 10:42:31 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
  • Survivors of Texas massacre confront 'spiritual war zone'

    Survivors of Texas massacre confront 'spiritual war zone'

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:04 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-05-21 10:35:30 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    More >>

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly