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Chapel Hill Lawyer Faces More Embezzlement Charges

Posted September 20, 2007

— A Chapel Hill lawyer suspected of stealing more than $1 million from clients was indicted this week on five counts of embezzlement.

John Gregory McCormick, 59, could return to Orange County as early as next week, authorities said. He was arrested three weeks ago in Phoenix, Ariz.

McCormick had been the target of an international search that lasted for more than a year. Authorities checked airline passenger lists, credit card records and other databases for a trace of the missing attorney, who reportedly had been seen in Central or South America at one point.

McCormick went missing on July 13, 2006, when his car was found abandoned at an Orange County entrance to Duke Forest. At about the same time, authorities began looking into allegations that money was missing from the accounts of McCormick's clients.

Federal authorities had charged McCormick with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He also was charged with embezzling more than $803,000 in North Carolina and is suspected to have stolen more than $1 million.

McCormick previously faced a single embezzlement charge. Each of the indictments handed down by the grand jury refers to the theft of more than $100,000.

Based on the charges, Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan on Thursday set a cash bond of $803,186 for McCormick, meaning the amount would need to be paid in full to be released from jail.

The North Carolina State Bar disbarred McCormick in March, ruling that he had violated ethics rules. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools terminated its contract with him last year, after he had represented the school district for 20 years.


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  • imrickjamesbitch Sep 22, 2007

    Wow no approval needed on this WHITE boy story. Who cares why he needed the money. I could rob a gas station and get $100, get arrested and do more time than this guy will ever do.

  • Karmageddon Sep 22, 2007

    Okay....he's had his fun with other peoples money.....now it's time to pay the piper. However, that will just be a joke. What do you want to bet he'll get off with probation and community serice?

  • beachboater Sep 20, 2007

    Do you know the difference in a catfish and a lawyer?

    One is a scum sucking bottom dweller.....

    The other is a fish.

    Throw the book at him.

  • delete meee now Sep 20, 2007

    What a crook...

  • john283594 Sep 20, 2007

    Jarvis, I don't care if he's on drugs, reread my post...

    It would explain why a successful lawyer needed to steal a million dollars, that is all...

  • mvnull Sep 20, 2007

    "A lawyer worth that much money did not just take $800,000 because he was greedy...." It is amazing that no matter how much they make, some people routinely spend more than they make. Look at the children of the tremendously rich. It normally doesn't take long for them to spend their entire family fortune. I applaud Warren Buffet for trying to counter that trend.

  • john283594 Sep 20, 2007

    A good drug test should be done on him, hair analysis, that will explain why he needed the money...

  • Sarge Sep 20, 2007

    wow he looks like he's aged!

  • chapelhillnc Sep 20, 2007

    A lawyer worth that much money did not just take $800,000 because he was greedy ... there is something else to this story.

    I certainly feel for his family ...

  • wolfmandan Sep 20, 2007

    I thought he was representing OJ.....