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Disbarred Lawyer Appears in Court to Answer Charges

Posted March 7, 2007

— A lawyer who was disbarred by the North Carolina State Bar appeared in court Wednesday after being accused of practicing law without a license and stealing money from clients.

Randy Meares is charged with six counts of obtaining propety by false pretenses. Investigators said Meares helped settle insurance claims for clients for the last three years and pocketed nearly $60,000 in settlement money himself.

The North Carolina State Bar disbarred Meares in 1998. At the time, he was accused of taking more than $34,000 from his clients.

Despite being disbarred, Root Edmonson, deputy counsel with the North Carolina State Bar, the state agency that regulates the practice of law in Noth Carolina, told WRAL it was likely Meares continued to practice by settling cases with insurance companies out of court.

If convicted, Meares could face up to 30 months in prison for each count. He is currently out on bond, and he is scheduled to be back in court at the end of the month.


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  • kewlbob Mar 27, 2007

    I noticed that there was no information on who to contact on the WRAL web-site, on how to find out if a person has been ripped off by this person.

  • normalthinking Mar 8, 2007

    he must be from durham

  • Super Typer Mar 8, 2007

    He committed a crime and he should pay for it under the fullest extent of the law. Too bad that he wasn't caught sooner.

  • Nurse on the run Mar 8, 2007

    Slippery....most lawyers are that way...my ex and Howard K Stern and this guy all belong in the same place!!!

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Mar 8, 2007

    Wow, is John Edwards on trial for milking people out of money while faking as a lawyer?

  • ANNIE Mar 8, 2007

    You know he does look as if he doesn't care. It is like okay let's get this over with. Maybe that is the attorney in him.

  • Low Voltage Mar 7, 2007

    Good luck .....in prison! I hope. I feel sorry for the people he robbed, cheated and lied to.

  • jgriffith3792 Mar 7, 2007

    independent_thinker, with the exception of your last paragraph, you and I are in agreement more than you could imagine. Big companies that do wrong need someone to hold them accountable and ensure that they cannot run over anyone. I am all for anyone getting what’s fair and due them. That is precisely what ONE of my problem is with Edwards. He may have started with noble intentions, looking out for the little guy, but, after a while his motivation was purely greed and ego. Look at the lawsuits most were based on fuzzy science that took advantage of the system. As someone close to Edwards was once said, he never took on case that had a small settlement that he knew he could not win.
    Why must you say that I am parroting Coulter, Rush and O’Reilly? I was enjoying your post. I am stating _MY_ opinion and backing it with facts. Why is that when one speaks facts against a “non-republican” they are automatically placed in the category as those you listed as “divisive, gr

  • independent_thinker Mar 7, 2007

    Why is John Edwards anything but a smart businessman and obviously excellent litigator? He was engaged in legal business practices and won verdicts and settlements that were sanctioned by the courts... Are you jealous or envious?

    I worked for an insurance company for 16 years, leaving at the rank of regional manager. Let me be clear that the little guy doesn't always get a fair shake from the multi-billion dollar company. No matter how mighty the claimant/plaintiff's high power attorney, we always had more money and resources with which to fight. Period, end of story.

    I never had a problem with people making claims or filing suit for legitimate reason. Many times lawsuits arose over legitimate differences in policy interpretation and claim value; that's the cost of doing business. It was also job security...

    Please don't parrot Coulter, Rush, and O'Reilly, it's not helpful. They'll certainly go down in history as devisive, greedy opportunists.

  • jgriffith3792 Mar 7, 2007

    Forgetaboutit, we must not be talking about the same guy. The person you described sounds like an admirable person.

    I am talking about John Edwards. The guy who wrecked the NC Healthcare system by filing close to 100 malpractice lawsuits. The guy who after winning a $6.5M birth defect lawsuit immediately filed 20 others and eventually settled all of them for over $60M. That was just a portion of them. He is solely responsible for NC malpractice insurance go through the roof.

    This is also the same guy that was recently campaigning in California and told a crowd of African-Americans that a remark about him by conservative author Ann Coulter reminded him of hateful speech against blacks. WHAT?!?! She calls him a f@gg*t and that's comperable to what African-American's have had to endure? This guy will say and and do anything to satisfy that ego.