SC attorney waives competency hearing


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Lexington attorney accused of extorting more than $1 million from clients has waived his right to have a court hearing on his mental competency.

Richard Breibart made that decision in court papers filed this week.

Breibart is scheduled for trial later this summer on charges of extortion, mail fraud and wire fraud. His attorney has said Breibart may have been insane at the time of his alleged crimes and might not be able to help in his own defense.

Last year, a judge ordered Breibart to have a mental evaluation.

Indictments list three people who allegedly cleaned out bank accounts, investments and retirement savings to give to Breibart. Prosecutors say he got money from clients by threatening them with criminal charges or non-existent civil penalties.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

ABC Columbia and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Current: 84°
High: 90°
Low: 73°
Wind: 5 MPH
Pressure: 30.03
Humidity: 67 %

What's on WOLOTV Full Schedule