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BUSTED! Local attorney George L. Collins accused of embezzlement and perjury

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A local Jacksonville attorney is still practicing law after he has been accused of embezzlement and perjury by the North Carolina State Bar.

George L. Collins allegedly collected $257,014.50 for his services as the executor for Karen Popkin, 53, of Jacksonville, who was a cancer patient that died on May 6, 2015, according to the State Bar complaint.

Popkins entrusted the lawyer of over 34 years, to manage her estate in her will. According to the State Bar complaint filed by attorney Joshua T. Walthall, Collins” charged the estate of (Popkin) for services that did not benefit the estate or its beneficiaries.” 

A beneficiary of the estate filed a grievance with the State Bar Grievance Committee, though it was not clear who the complainant was, according to Katherine Jean, public affairs officer for the State Bar.

Different tasked listed by the complainant said that Collins charged $1,125 to “search for a safety key.”

Collins, the alleged Culprit is accused of collecting an illegal or excessive fee; engaging in conduct involving dishonesty; knowingly making a false statement; perjury; failure to properly maintain and disburse fiduciary funds; embezzlement; and failing to act fairly as executor of an estate.

According to Popkin’s will, Collins was designated as her personal representative, putting him in charge of funeral expenses, settling claims and allowing himself a “normal hourly rate.”

His wages for performing tasks related to the estate from May 2015-May 2017 totaled up to an hourly rate of $750.

The State Bar complaint said Collins never charged this much per hour in the management of an estate but Collins said this was his first time serving as the executor of an estate, so there was no precedent for a normal hourly rate. The complaint also accused Collins of lying about the normal rate to Popkin’s beneficiaries and Onslow County Superior Court.

Collins allegedly collected fees charged to the Popkin estate before receiving approval from the Clerk of Court, which was permitted by the will.

Collins claimed that because he was the executor of the estate and not the attorney, he did not charge Popkin’s estate a legal fee.

It looks as though Collins has gotten himself into a world of trouble and now he’s trying to play the good boy. Allegedly embezzled from this woman’s death for personal gain and now acting like he doesn’t know what he’s done.

Collins‘ hearing is still in the early stages, as it is pending, according to Dottie Miani, clerk of disciplinary hearing commission for the state bar. 

His hearing will be scheduled following a scheduling conference with the Chair of the Panel, Fred Murloc; Joshua T. Walthall, the complainant; and Alan Schneider, Collin’s attorney.

Collins law office is located on Court Street in Jacksonville.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Royal

    April 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Daaaaaamn! DOnt trust no Christian or a damn George Collins attorney. Wow! That’s crazy, how could you do such a thing to this family.

  2. Tiffany Stroud

    April 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Collins and his law firm are the biggest crooks out there. I hope they take his licenses so he won’t be able to practice any longer.

  3. Elaine Rand

    April 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    After personal dealings I do not doubt anything that’s being said!!!! Lock him up!

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Onslow County Government posted on their Facebook page Tuesday the locations the American Red Cross would be feeding at and at least two of those locations was a no-show.

Locations Below:

Swansboro Library

Richlands Library (No Show)

Sneads Ferry Library

1380 Piney Green Rd. (Parking lot/shopping center)

New River Shopping Center (by Planet Fitness) (No Show)

The public was notified that the organization would be feeding at 4 PM but that time was later changed to 5 PM.

Local residents who showed up at Richlands Library and New River Shopping Center locations told News In Onslow that the organization was nowhere to be found.

Look at some of the comments posted on the Onslow County Government Facebook page about this BELOW:

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Sources tell News In Onslow that on Saturday, September 15, sheriff Miller was on Piney Green in Jacksonville when he attempted “suicide.” Luckily, the sheriff survived as we know many have died driving their cars through flooded areas.

Sheriff Miller in flooded waters in Jacksonville, North Carolina

The example sheriff Miller is setting is that you don’t have to be careful and the resources used to rescue this reckless and negligent sheriff could have been used to rescue citizens that he is supposed to be protecting.

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According to the New York Post, President Trump will be surveying the destructive damage left by Hurricane Florence.

The exact locations Trump will visit were not immediately available but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump’s North Carolina visit.

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The order issued is for residents in the affected area to apply for federal funding.

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