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Lawyer for Chris Pettit raises concerns about ‘authenticity’ of $270 million in bankruptcy claims

A lawyer for Chris Pettit, in a letter to the judge presiding over the ex-attorney’s bankruptcies, has raised questions about the “authenticity” of the $270 million in claims submitted by creditors in the cases.

The “obvious concern is that some creditors may take substantially more dividend than they are entitled to the detriment of honest creditors,” San Antonio bankruptcy lawyer Ron Smeberg wrote.

Pettit is in jail awaiting trial in connection with the alleged theft of millions of dollars from his former legal clients. He pleaded not guilty after his indictment on
five counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering
last week.

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Judge denies Chris Pettit’s release on bond, will remain jailed until his criminal trial

Pettit filed for bankruptcy protection
for himself and his law firm June 1 amid
mounting lawsuits that alleged he had defrauded clients. He subsequently
surrendered his law license
and shuttered his offices.

Smeberg said questions about the creditors’ claims “developed” during a detention hearing Tuesday in federal court in which prosecutors argued Pettit should remain incarcerated pending trial.

FBI agent Thomas Sweatt testified the “current claims” against Pettit were in the range of $30 (million) to $70 million,

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Family faces charges for alleged postal scheme

HAMPTON, Va. – A man, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s two brothers are facing charges accused of being involved in a mail fraud scheme.

Federal prosecutors claim they would file false insurance claims with the United States Postal Service for items they claimed were lost or damaged in the mail.

Records state from February 2019 until November 2019, the group filed 451 claims with the US Postal Service. The average claim amount was about $297.

Oswald Hendricks of Hampton is in a relationship with Jessica Holiday. Jayvan Holiday and Javon Wiggins are Jessica’s brothers, according to the indictment.

According to a federal indictment, the USPS offered up to $5,000 of insurance coverage as protection against the loss or damage to a customer’s package.

Records say when an insured item was lost or damaged, the customer could request compensation by filling out a claim online by mail or at the postal rental unit.

Prosecutors say the group made false claims saying that packages that contained an iPhone 8 went missing or were lost in the mail.

According to the documents, in many cases, no actual items were placed into the mail stream.

They said Hendricks filed about 310 claims and

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