RICHARD MERRITT: BARCOMPLAINT.COM REPORTS FORMER SMYRNA ATTORNEY ARRESTED ON FELONY ELDER ABUSE, THEFT, EXPLOITATION AND CHECK FRAUD CHARGES — 3/05/2018 and update

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RICHARD MERRITT: BARCOMPLAINT.COM REPORTS FORMER SMYRNA ATTORNEY ARRESTED ON FELONY ELDER ABUSE, THEFT, EXPLOITATION AND CHECK FRAUD CHARGES — 3/05/2018

https://mugshots.com/Current-Events/RICHARD-MERRITT.165346606.html

Cobb County, GA – Former Smyrna attorney Richard V. Merritt, who was disbarred Monday after admitting to settling a client’s suit for $75,000 and then pocketing the money, woke up in the Cobb County Jail Thursday after being arrested on separate felony elder abuse, theft, exploitation and check fraud charges.

The spokesperson for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said he had no further information on the charges, which were apparently filed by the Smyrna Police Department. The booking report includes a notation that Merritt is to be held for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, where a press liaison said they received a bench warrant for “indirect criminal attempt.”

He provided no further information, and there was no immediate response from Smyrna police.

On Friday, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said there was little he could offer concerning Merritt’s case so far.

“We have yet to receive the complete investigative file from the Cobb Sheriff’s Department,” said Reynolds via email. “When we do, our White Collar Unit will begin the process of determining what charges we will proceed to the grand jury with. In addition, our Investigators will begin reviewing the file upon receipt to see if there are any additional victims or charges which need to be pursued.”

Merritt remained in jail on Friday afternoon.

Merritt is the subject of multiple civil suits in Cobb County, including one filed by a woman who claims he forged her name on a $150,000 settlement agreement and check without her knowledge. She claims Merritt never turned over any funds.

He also faces several legal malpractice and fraud lawsuits in Cobb County from clients claiming he agreed to handle their cases and then never filed them and never pursued any actions.

Merritt has represented himself in each of the lawsuits.

The attorney for a plaintiff in one case, Sapp & Moriarty partner Daniel Moriarty—interviewed before word of Merritt’s arrest was known—said he was surprised at the mild tone in the state Supreme Court’s disbarment opinion, which only said Merritt “settled a client’s personal injury matter for $75,000 but failed to promptly disburse those funds to his client or her medical providers and failed to render a full accounting of the funds to his client.”

“That’s a euphemism for stealing money,” said Moriarty. “I talked to an investigator who has seen his bank records and determined that he had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars. It just blows my mind what he’s gotten away with.”

According the bar complaint reviewed by the Daily Report, Merritt was retained to handle a personal injury matter in December 2016 and settled it last February, cashing the forged check Feb.7. On Feb. 10, he filed a lawsuit “and continued to lead me on until late May 2017 when I learned what he had done,” the confidential complaint said.

“I have never seen a dime of the $75,000,” said Merritt’s former client.

Another civil suit filed in Cobb County State Court last year said Merritt forged a husband and wife’s signature on a settlement and check in a medical malpractice case and never told them.

Another complaint said Merritt accepted a med-mal case and continually told his client that he was investigating it. Merritt sent emails saying “All is well and we are moving forward on your case,” and “No worries I’m on it!”

Then he stopped accepting the woman’s calls, and the filing deadline passed.

In that case, Judge Maria Golick struck Merritt’s answers and ordered a damages-only trial after finding he “willfully failed to respond” to hearing notices. Golick scheduled a show-cause criminal contempt hearing, and the decision is apparently still under advisement, according to court records.

In the case Moriarty is handling, Merritt also allegedly claimed to be conducting discovery and searching for experts, even scheduling bogus depositions for his clients, only to cancel them at the last minute.

Merritt was the principal for the Smyrna-based Merritt Firm, whose offices were the subject of several dispossessory actions between 2015 and 2017, according to court records.

Last August, Merritt sued two attorneys on behalf of spine surgeon and frequent medical expert James Chappuis. At the time, Merritt said he vice president and general counsel of Chappuis’ Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery of Atlanta.

That case settled confidentially shortly after it was filed.

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February 3, 2019 by nootkabear
Dekalb PD seek help in locating suspect in the alleged murder of his mother

One of my people was represented by this guy, and he stole $45,000.00 of her settlement. She and some other victims testified in Court a couple weeks ago. He was sentenced to 30 years, with 15 to serve. He was supposed to turn himself in 02/01/2019. He did not show up.

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02/02/2019 Sharon Swanepoel Top News
http://news.monroelocal.org/dekalb-pd-seek-help-in-locating-suspect-in-the-alleged-murder-of-his-mother/

Tucker, Ga. – Dekalb County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in the alleged murder of his mother. According to DCPD, at 9:30 a.m. this morning, Feb. 2, 2019, police responded to a home on Planters Row in Stone Mountain in reference to a dead person call. The victim, Shirley Merritt, was found stabbed to death inside her residence. Police believe this is an isolated domestic-related incident.
Richard Merritt, 44. Photo courtesy of Dekalb County Police Department

The victim’s son, Richard Merritt, 44, has been identified as the suspect. He is described as a white male, 5’10”, 175 lbs, brown eyes and brown hair. There is an active murder warrant for his arrest. He is possibly in possession of the victim’s 2009 Lexus RX350, Brown Color, GA Tag CBV6004.

DeKalb Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Merritt to please contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS(8477).
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DeKalb County, Georgia, Proposed City of Greenhaven, They Were Not Ready for Ed Williams. Ed.D. Chair, Concerned Citizens For Effective Government

We have been fighting, not only Annexation into Stone Mountain, City Limits, but also creation and Annexation into a new City of Greenhaven. Some responsible, caring individuals, with their heads on straight have led the fight against Greenhaven.

We need more people like Ed Williams, Ed.D.

One such individual, Ed Williams, Ed.D. was an instrumental opponent who knows how to get people to understand the truth about what they were trying to accomplish, and it was not for the good of the people.

The email I received today:

Dear Resident:

I have attached a press release related to the recent failure of Greenhaven cityhood bill (HB644) to make it to the House floor for a vote o Crossover day
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JCyKmUaAk2bSe2CFKKNDEKqK1JqWLWQE/view?usp=sharing

Ed Williams. Ed.D.
Chair, Concerned Citizens For Effective Government
http://ccegov.blogspot.com

Twitter @truthcrushthee2

Stone Mountain Georgia Privacy Violations

100_2994My last post stated that there were no other cameras on the property, except the one viewing our property.

Now go back and look at the angle of the camera before, and the angle in the picture above.  Now, it is pointed directly at us.  Amazing, yes?

Guess what????

100_3002 After I stated that, the camera pointed more toward our property, and another camera was added to a tree, in yet another neighbor’s property. Another property where no one lives, makes one wonder if the owner of that property knows that his property is being used to spy on us.

Also, the owner went to the property after dark the other night, and had a really big ladder on the truck.  He took the ladder off, and I don’t know what tree he climbed, but I would imagine, that now, there is  a third camera spying on our every move.  I guess if someone, in an answer to a lawsuit, claims that you have been trespassing, they have to get evidence from somewhere, huh?

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Our DeKalb Commissioner is a Criminal! No Wonder Everyone In DeKalb Gets Away With Crime!!!

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-commissioner-accused-paying-boyfriend-taxpa/ng9s8/

Documents indicate DeKalb County taxpayers paid a commissioner’s boyfriend tens of thousands of dollars for his consulting services.

Sharon Barnes Sutton photo
Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton

Sharon Barnes Sutton is a commissioner for District 4.

Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution secured documents which show Warren Mosby received more than $34,000.

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield asked Barnes Sutton via phone on Wednesday if she and Mosby had a personal relationship.

“That does not matter because I have not broken any laws or violated any county policies,” said Barnes Sutton.

In recent years Barnes Sutton referred to Mosby as her campaign manager.

A police report from February indicates a much closer relationship.  Following a domestic dispute at Mosby’s home the commissioner told an officer they had been in a relationship for seven years.

County invoices show Mosby received money through two businesses: HSI Systems and Consultants and Righthink Associates.  

Barnes Sutton said that Mosby deserved the money because among other things, he helped with her transition into office, drafted business cards and letters, and organized community service.

DeKalb County Acting Purchasing Director Scott Callan spoke to Byfield about the county’s stance on consulting.

“CEO May’s current policy does not dictate any specific cans or cannot in terms of who can be a consultant for the county,” said Callan.

Byfield left a message for Mosby.

Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution asked for proof that Mosby did the work taxpayers paid for.

The commissioner pointed us to several invoices.  The only hard evidence she provided was an eight-page document outlining work Mosby did in 2010 in reference to a serial rapist in Stone Mountain.

Callan said as of July, providing the county with worth product is one of three options consultants have.

“(The new policy) does speak to being able to provide viable service, viable work product or a viable good,” he said.

Invoices show Mosby has worked for other elected officials in the county.  He provided business cards and printing services for the current and former district attorneys.

Our DeKalb Commissioner is a Criminal! No Wonder Everyone In DeKalb Gets Away With Crime!!!

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-commissioner-accused-paying-boyfriend-taxpa/ng9s8/

Documents indicate DeKalb County taxpayers paid a commissioner’s boyfriend tens of thousands of dollars for his consulting services.

Sharon Barnes Sutton photo
Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton

Sharon Barnes Sutton is a commissioner for District 4.

Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution secured documents which show Warren Mosby received more than $34,000.

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield asked Barnes Sutton via phone on Wednesday if she and Mosby had a personal relationship.

“That does not matter because I have not broken any laws or violated any county policies,” said Barnes Sutton.

In recent years Barnes Sutton referred to Mosby as her campaign manager.

A police report from February indicates a much closer relationship.  Following a domestic dispute at Mosby’s home the commissioner told an officer they had been in a relationship for seven years.

County invoices show Mosby received money through two businesses: HSI Systems and Consultants and Righthink Associates.  

Barnes Sutton said that Mosby deserved the money because among other things, he helped with her transition into office, drafted business cards and letters, and organized community service.

DeKalb County Acting Purchasing Director Scott Callan spoke to Byfield about the county’s stance on consulting.

“CEO May’s current policy does not dictate any specific cans or cannot in terms of who can be a consultant for the county,” said Callan.

Byfield left a message for Mosby.

Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution asked for proof that Mosby did the work taxpayers paid for.

The commissioner pointed us to several invoices.  The only hard evidence she provided was an eight-page document outlining work Mosby did in 2010 in reference to a serial rapist in Stone Mountain.

Callan said as of July, providing the county with worth product is one of three options consultants have.

“(The new policy) does speak to being able to provide viable service, viable work product or a viable good,” he said.

Invoices show Mosby has worked for other elected officials in the county.  He provided business cards and printing services for the current and former district attorneys.

Fulton County Apparently Sux Too, For Veterans!

Former VA secretary gets prison time for stealing $80K

By Angel K. Brooks

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/former-va-secretary-gets-prison-time-for-stealing-/nhBgR/

A former secretary at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to one year and one month in prison for stealing more than $80,000 in government funds, authorities said Thursday.

Zerry Feaster, 46, of Ellenwood, pleaded guilty in June to seven counts of theft of government funds and five counts of making false statements, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

While working in the Police Services Division at the VA Medical Center in Decatur, Feaster misused her government-issued credit card for two years beginning in February 2010, according to the information presented in court. Instead of using the card to buy office supplies and equipment, she purchased pre-paid gift cards that she later used for personal items, authorities said.

“Rather than supporting the men and women who have served our country honorably, Ms. Feaster stole from the VA to gamble and buy herself luxury goods at Coach and Tiffany,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in the news release.

Feaster created fake purchase orders for supplies and equipment to try to cover up her fraud, officials said.

Her prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. She also must pay restitution of more than $88,000.

Fulton County Apparently Sux Too, For Veterans!

Former VA secretary gets prison time for stealing $80K

By Angel K. Brooks

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/former-va-secretary-gets-prison-time-for-stealing-/nhBgR/

A former secretary at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to one year and one month in prison for stealing more than $80,000 in government funds, authorities said Thursday.

Zerry Feaster, 46, of Ellenwood, pleaded guilty in June to seven counts of theft of government funds and five counts of making false statements, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

While working in the Police Services Division at the VA Medical Center in Decatur, Feaster misused her government-issued credit card for two years beginning in February 2010, according to the information presented in court. Instead of using the card to buy office supplies and equipment, she purchased pre-paid gift cards that she later used for personal items, authorities said.

“Rather than supporting the men and women who have served our country honorably, Ms. Feaster stole from the VA to gamble and buy herself luxury goods at Coach and Tiffany,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in the news release.

Feaster created fake purchase orders for supplies and equipment to try to cover up her fraud, officials said.

Her prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. She also must pay restitution of more than $88,000.

Fulton County Apparently Sux Too, For Veterans!

Former VA secretary gets prison time for stealing $80K

By Angel K. Brooks

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/former-va-secretary-gets-prison-time-for-stealing-/nhBgR/

A former secretary at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to one year and one month in prison for stealing more than $80,000 in government funds, authorities said Thursday.

Zerry Feaster, 46, of Ellenwood, pleaded guilty in June to seven counts of theft of government funds and five counts of making false statements, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

While working in the Police Services Division at the VA Medical Center in Decatur, Feaster misused her government-issued credit card for two years beginning in February 2010, according to the information presented in court. Instead of using the card to buy office supplies and equipment, she purchased pre-paid gift cards that she later used for personal items, authorities said.

“Rather than supporting the men and women who have served our country honorably, Ms. Feaster stole from the VA to gamble and buy herself luxury goods at Coach and Tiffany,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in the news release.

Feaster created fake purchase orders for supplies and equipment to try to cover up her fraud, officials said.

Her prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. She also must pay restitution of more than $88,000.

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