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Police: Victims of attorney practicing with suspended license grows to 9

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J. Kevin Owens (Source: Spartanburg Police) J. Kevin Owens (Source: Spartanburg Police)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg police said there are now a total of nine victims of an attorney charged with breach of trust after they said he was practicing law with a suspended license.

Detective John Burgess said investigators received a tip from one of Owen's clients that led to him turning himself in late February.

"After he (Owens) stopped returning his phone calls and no work had been done on his case, he (Morgan) reached out to us," Burgess said.

According to the South Carolina Judicial Department website, Owen's license was suspended May 22, 2013. The website said the license was suspended for either failing to complete required training or for failing to pay fees but did not specify which.

Morgan said he hired Owens to handle his deceased mother's estate in June 2013 and said he is now left to clean up the mess he said Owens has left behind.

"I didn't know how to react. I was completely out of my mind as to what to do," Morgan said.

Morgan said he lost hundreds of dollars to Owens.

"I don't know what he did with the money," said Morgan. "I hope there is no one else (victims) but I think there are tons and they need to come forward."

Burgess said in February he also feels there are more victims and is asking them to come forward.

Since then, the number of victims has grown to around nine, according to Burgess.

On April 4, Burgess said all the victims have been referred to the South Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Burgess said the attorney general will handle the additional victims, and they will advise him if additional warrants are needed or if all the victims will be under a felony practicing without a license charge. 

He said there is a pending jury trial on the initial victim.

Outside the courtroom, Owens told Fox Carolina that he could not comment on the case and referred us to his attorney Robert Childs of Greenville.

Fox Carolina reached out to Childs but did not get a response.

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