Gwinnett DA Takes On Indigent Defense Fraud

Christopher T. Adams, Esquire, pictured here, has been charged with 17 counts each of making false statements and theft by taking by Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter. What did Adams allegedly do? According to the AJC:

The county’s investigation found that Adams, appointed by the county to defend poor clients who could not afford their own counsel, billed the county for meeting with his clients or their families despite not doing so, Porter said. Porter’s office investigated Adams’ invoices from 2005 through the end of 2006. Adams falsely billed the county for a little more than $40,000, Porter said.

This was first investigated by Fox 5 about a year ago, so one can expect that Porter and his team have an iron clad case having taken their time to make sure everything was properly investigated.

Enjoy prison, Mr. Adams. You deserve it.

10 comments

  1. dewberry says:

    It really is a shame to know that this goes on. There are so many folks who deserve a good defense especially when considering the credibility of officers that is evident in cases like those found in Atlanta with the shooting of the old woman on a “drug” raid.

    Just last week I read about the judges in NY who found a number of examples of police misconduct and the uselessness of their testimony concerning events leading to arrests. This appeared in the New York Times.

    It is a shame when anyone in any profession puts lives and liberties at stake by such wrong doings and the abuse of these public tax dollars in this way by a member of the bar is especially disturbing.

  2. moocher says:

    This guy is a douche bag simply because his website is bigdawglaw.com

    I wonder if he goes to prison whether he’ll be the bigdawg or the littledawg?

  3. hayek_lives says:

    Remember – Gwinnett is one of the counties that does not participate in the state public defender program. They spend multiples more than the state system on a per-case basis. I don’t advocate “big government,” but this is what you get when you outsource a basic constitutionally required government function.

  4. Icarus says:

    “I wonder if he goes to prison whether he’ll be the bigdawg or the littledawg?”

    Well, let’s see. He was a public defender, yet he’ll be serving time with people who’s overworked, underpaid public defender couldn’t get them out of jail. Won’t take long before word gets out that he’s there for not defending “innocent” people he was well paid to defend.

    Bigdawg or littledawg doesn’t seem to matter much. He’s going to be a lot of men’s bitch.

  5. dudelove says:

    “I don’t advocate “big government,” but this is what you get when you outsource a basic constitutionally required government function.”

    One must not look any further then the City of Atlanta to see Government employees can do a pretty bad job at insourced functions.

    Porter alluded to other cases as well and hit the nail on the head that somebody dropped the ball when it comes to oversight.

  6. The Comma Guy says:

    I’m thinking that the quality of prison litigation might go up if he has to serve time. But then again, he’ll probably get the special prison where the high profile folks go.

  7. Yohanne3 says:

    I have paid to Mr. Christopher T. Adam close to 3,000.00 for the job he did not perform and never got my money back. What goes around comes around!

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