Valentine Sway

A Miami lawyer convinced clients he was on the level, then was disbarred

Although at least one estate the bar accuses Valentine of looting was relatively large — more than one million dollars left by Dargans-Fleming — others were worth as little as $30,000 — the value of the retirement benefits in the case of Helen Wynn, a state social worker.

Wynn's husband Sidney, an 82-year-old ex-Negro League shortstop, says he never suspected there would be a problem with Valentine. Sitting on the worn artificial turf-lined front steps of his North Miami house recently, Wynn describes Valentine as a straight-forward, no-nonsense attorney. "He seemed real down to earth," Wynn says. Though Wynn had to wait four months, Valentine did eventually transfer his wife's estate to him.

Dargans-Fleming's heir, a nephew with severe disabilities, may never see the bulk of the estate left to him. The estate's attorney, Kennon, has a simple definition for Valentine's actions. "He stole the money; there's no question about it," she claims. All that remains of the estate is less than $10,000 in stocks, according to Kennon, who sued Valentine on May 10, alleging civil theft.

Helena Roundtree blew the whistle on a respected Miami attorney whom the Florida Bar has accused of running something like a "Ponzi scheme"
Jacqueline Carini
Helena Roundtree blew the whistle on a respected Miami attorney whom the Florida Bar has accused of running something like a "Ponzi scheme"

More lawsuits might be forthcoming. In a court filing, bar association attorneys expressed concern that the association's fund for victims of attorney malfeasance could be exhausted if Valentine can't pay off the potential "substantial claims" against him.

Roundtree says she strives to be a good Christian and is sorry to see anyone, even Valentine, suffer. That won't stop her from filing a lawsuit of her own, though. "You don't treat people that way," she says.

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miamiyo2013
miamiyo2013

Hello

my grandmother lost her money because of this lawyer. She lives in Argentina now. How can I get some contact info in order to start a lawsuit against this criminal? Thanks very much


 
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