The son-in-law of a South Carolina supreme court justice has been accused of fraud and perjury in connection with a politically charged estate case in Myrtle Beach, S.C., court documents provided to this news outlet reveal.
Lane Jefferies – son-in-law of S.C. supreme court justice Kaye Hearn – is said to have “knowingly provided false testimony in a sworn deposition” in connection with the case, in addition to being an “active participant” in the underlying “fraud.”
The dispute involves the estate of Peggy Jo Rabon, a Myrtle Beach hotel owner whose August 2014 death set off a bitter battle between her surviving family members and a cadre of attorneys including Henrietta Golding – formerly of the McNair Law Firm.
Rabon’s daughter – Karon Mitchell – claims Jefferies and others “orchestrated a scheme” to unload several properties owned by the estate and to funnel undisclosed money derived from the sale into several newly created companies without her being the wiser.
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(Via: S.C. Fifteenth Judicial Circuit)
According to the motion for judgment against Jefferies, which was filed on Tuesday in the S.C. fifteenth judicial circuit, the attorney is accused of providing “false alibis” in connection with the alleged scheme – which involved $770,000 worth of property in downtown Myrtle Beach.
The properties were in fact sold for this amount, the lawsuit alleges, but $235,000 of the proceeds were not disclosed to Karon Mitchell – who was allegedly led to believe the price offered for the property was $542,000.
Jefferies is accused of making false representations about the sale price – leading Mitchell to believe “no better offer existed” for the properties. He is also accused of lying under oath in an effort to protect himself and others involved in the alleged conspiracy.
“He knew about the illicit funds and was an active participant in the conspiracy to defraud the banks and (Mitchell and her company),” the motion filed this week stated, citing a text message related to wire transfers and the affidavits of other parties to the case as evidence of Jefferies’ duplicity in connection with this “fraud.”
This news outlet takes no position on the facts of this case … although the Mitchell pleading is detailed and substantive in its claims.
Mitchell, readers may recall, is the woman who filed a lawsuit against the ethically challenged Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) over the notorious “Coastal Kickback” (or “Chambergate”) campaign finance scandal.
Mitchell dropped that lawsuit in May, but is reportedly preparing another legal action tied to that saga.
Stay tuned …
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