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When is the trial for Burgaw attorney Kevin Strickland scheduled to start?

Kevin J. Strickland, a disbarred Pender County attorney facing financial charges as well as arson, has not gone to trial yet. His next court date is Oct. 15, 2010, but he has yet to be arraigned after he was indicted this summer and a trial date has yet to be set.

Strickland was disbarred in late 2008 amid allegations he misappropriated client funds.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation arrested Strickland, 39, of Burgaw, in August 2010. Strickland’s troubles first came to light in December 2008 when he was disbarred by a Superior Court judge who cited allegations Strickland misappropriated more than $1.6 million in proceeds from real estate deals.

Indictments issued on July 26, 2010, allege Strickland committed financial crimes between September 2006 and December 2008. One indictment says Strickland received funds on behalf of his client after a land sale and that Strickland then used the money to fund his own companies without his client’s knowledge. According to an arrest warrant and a statement released by the SBI, that agency began investigating Strickland after a fire at his Burgaw law office on April 8, 2008.

In February 2009, Pender County District Attorney Ben David asked the SBI’s financial crimes unit to investigate Strickland’s financial dealings. Strickland is accused of swindling former clients and business associates of millions of dollars.

In addition to the charge of burning his law office on Wright Street in Burgaw, Strickland faces four counts of embezzlement, seven counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and three counts of forgery, according to the SBI.

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Pender lawyer Kevin Strickland disbarred, investigated

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