Lexington attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud
A well-known Lexington attorney accused of stealing more than $1 million from clients has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in federal court.
Richard Breibart,62, agreed to a deal with prosecutors in which he entered the guilty plea on one of 10 federal charges he faced, including extortion and wire fraud. A judge could sentence him to as many as 20 years in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend leniency in exchange for the guilty plea. Breibart is expected to serve just five years.
Breibart was accused of stealing from clients by falsely threatening them with criminal charges or civil penalties. Prosecutors say he also is suspected of telling clients he would help them protect their money if they turned large sums over to him.