Thursday, October 29, 2015

Feds indict superlawyer Mikal Watts, brother, and others in BP fraud. Who is the Jackson attorney?

Updated 11:30 AM: U.S. Attorney press release included in post. 

A federal grand jury indicted Mikal Watts, his brother David Watts, Greg Warren, Wynter Lee, and several other defendants for allegedly trying to use fraud to gain a share of the BP settlement proceeds arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The indictment also alleges that Watts used an attorney in Jackson to further the fraud.   The indictment states:

It was further part of the conspiracy that defendant Mikal C. Watts would pay defendants Gregory Warren a/k/a known as Greg Warrn and Thi Houng Le a/k/a known as Kristy Le, through an attorney in Jackson in excess of $10 million to obtain names and personal identifiers for persons to be used as clients in litigation againstn BP and others relating to the Deepwater  Horizon Oil Spill.
Soooooo.............. who is the Jackson attorney and did he flip?

The indictment is posted below.  There is no sense in rewriting it when it succinctly tells the whole story.    Court documents state a hearing will be held today:

Mikal C. Watts, David Watts, Wynter Lee, Gregory P. Warren, Hector Eloy Guerra, Thi Hoang Nguyen Initial Appearance and Arraignment set for 10/29/2015 at 1:30 PM in Courtroom 683 (Gulfport) before Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo. (AB)
Stay tuned.  A U.S. Attorney's press release stating the facts of the case will undoubtedly follow these indictments today. Jackson attorney Robert McDuff represents Mr. Watts.

Earlier posts
BP & Vietnamese fisherman sue Mikala Watts.
Superlawyer Mikala Watts will be indicted today in Mississippi on BP fraud


Ray Davies said...

He's the head boy at the school,
He's the captain of the team,
He's so gay and fancy free,
And I wish all his money belonged to me HEY!
Wish I could be like David Watts

Maybe time to rethink that...

Anonymous said...

So when a superlawyer gets in a jam, does he call a super superlawyer?

Anonymous said...

Any idea who the Jackson, MS atty is ? Why would the US Atty not state his/her name in the indictment ?

And while I'm not accusing the local atty of any crime, why would he/she be a pass-through for $10 million ? I know why Watts would want a 3rd involved, to possibly hide any improper fee sharing with a non-lawyer. But wouldn't/shouldn't this Jackson atty be suspicious as to why Watts needed to run the money through him/her versus just paying his case-runners directly ?

Anonymous said...

Out of state lawyers often hire a local attorney who will be more palatable to instate jurors. It's very unusual that he/she is not named in the indictment. Could it be Dickie Scruggs?

Anonymous said...

Rob McDuff is indeed a super superlawyer. Misguided, maybe, but nevertheless a super superlawyer.

Anonymous said...

Think Little Dickie has been debarred. More likely one of the heavy advertisers that never actually steps into a courtroom.

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