A longtime legal professional has been arrested on charges he stole funds entrusted to him by a client of his Charleston legislation agency.
John K. Blincow Jr., 62, was arrested Dec. 17 on one rely of felony breach of have confidence in with fraudulent intent.
A girl explained to Charleston police in October she experienced retained Blincow to represent her in a federal civil lawsuit, in accordance to an incident report.
The girl explained she wrote Blincow a $50,000 test as a retainer for his providers. He was to attract from that for operate he accomplished. She wrote a second examine for $25,000, which he was intended to use to pay for skilled testimony in the circumstance, the report states.
The case was dismissed and the female requested the harmony of her funds again, but Blincow unsuccessful to provide it.
“Following several tries to get her money again, (the lady) recorded a cell phone simply call with Mr. Blincow exactly where he admitted to applying the cash she offered for personal use,” according to the report.
Blincow represented the woman in a individual injury lawsuit originally filed in the 9th Judicial Circuit’s frequent pleas court in March. The lawsuit was moved to federal courtroom, but dismissed in June for lack of jurisdiction, according to court documents.
Law enforcement identified as Blincow the morning of Dec. 17, claimed spokeswoman Sgt. Elisabeth Wolfsen. The lawyer voluntarily satisfied with officers for an job interview at the police division, after which he was arrested and taken to the county jail, she mentioned.
Blincow is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Dec. 18.
Blincow has efficiently litigated dozens of scenarios in Charleston County, defending a array of wellness care professionals as properly as massive businesses which include Greenback Common and Food items Lion.
He specializes in health-related malpractice, item liability, building defect and private injuries, according to his profile on his firm’s website.
Blincow experienced at minimum 16 civil litigation circumstances pending in Charleston County Circuit Court as of Dec. 15, quite a few of which experienced to do with medical malpractice.
He is regarded to be a typical member of the South Carolina Bar in great standing, according to his Bar profile.
Blincow has been certified to follow legislation in South Carolina since 1984 after graduating that exact same calendar year from the University of South Carolina University of Legislation.
He was chosen to Tremendous Legal professionals in 2008, 2014 by way of 2020 and 2022. The peer designation is awarded only to a find amount of attained lawyers in each individual state, in accordance to its site.
He commenced his career prosecuting felony circumstances with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Columbia. In 1989, he entered personal observe, performing for corporations in Charleston.
He commenced his have agency, Blincow Griffin, in 2015 with fellow attorney John Griffin. The business enterprise is at 126 Conference St. in Charleston.
The pair has over 60 many years of encounter “promoting and preserving their clients’ interests,” according to the firm’s web page.
“Law is a sacred trust we generate,” the web page states.
The regulation agency could not quickly be reached for comment on Dec. 17.
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