Monday, September 14, 2009

Some Attorneys Find Elder's Estates Irresistable!

Washington Post Staff Writer

A prominent La Plata lawyer was charged Wednesday with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an estate he was appointed to handle, and investigators are exploring the possibility he might have taken money from several other clients.

Frank P. Jenkins, 44, was charged with one count of theft over $500, according to online court records. Police did not immediately release all the details of Jenkins’s alleged scheme, but said he took hundreds of thousands of dollars from a woman who thought the money was being set aside in a trust as part of an estate settlement.

Jenkins apparently withdrew money from the trust himself, police said, though investigators are still probing what he did with it.

A woman who answered the phone at a number listed in Jenkins’ name hung up Wednesday evening after a reporter identified himself. Online court records show Jenkins handled a wide variety of cases ranging from divorces to contract disputes to criminal indictments.


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