Clayton lawyer indicted for embezzlement

Staff writerJanuary 10, 2012 

— A Clayton attorney was indicted Monday on charges of embezzlement totaling at least $800,000.

According to the N.C. State Bar, Jennifer Lynne Green-Lee, 39, of Minnie Drive in Raleigh, surrendered her law license and was disbarred by the Wake County Superior Court.

According to court documents referring to the dates, amounts and victims of the thefts, Green-Lee embezzled $1.13 million in client funds.

Green-Lee was indicted by grand jury Monday on 13 counts of felony embezzlement. She was arrested today and held on $500,000 bond, though her attorney has requested it be reduced to $50,000.

Green-Lee admitted to embezzling entrusted funds in April and May of 2011 from 10 clients, the most notable of which being $244,075.52 from Golden Properties and Development, Inc., a general contractor in Raleigh, in three separate thefts.

According to the NC State Bar, Green-Lee practiced law at 510 NC Highway 42 West in Clayton. On May 20, 2011, Wake County Superior Court suspended Green-Lee from practicing law and receiving any further funds from clients.

The State Bar’s preliminary investigation indicated back in May, 2011 that Green-Lee had mishandled client funds that were deposited into her attorney trust account.

Colin Campbell contributed reporting

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