Why do people think they will get away with these things? I probably would have been struck down by lightning if I tried anything like this. The N.C. State Bar's disciplinary hearing commission stripped James Etheridge of his law license for mishandling the home and life savings of an ill and elderly Smithfield woman. I never had a good feeling about the man when he was campaigning for office several years back.
To take advantage of an elderly woman with questionable mental capacity is just unconscienable to me. This man has flushed his career down the toilet, so to speak, and for what? He would have made more money than he tried to swindle had he just been allowed to continue practicing law. On top of that, he ended up having to give back the house and money he stole. His reputation is trashed and he has to either be retired of have another source of income.
Here is the Smithfield Herald story as well as the N&O version.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap..