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Officials: Disbarred lawyer indicted on embezzlement charges

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) — A disbarred Lincoln County lawyer has been indicted on 11 counts of embezzlement.

Local media report a grand jury indicted Peter Capece on Monday. Authorities say he is accused of taking $800,000 from a late client’s estate.

Chris Cardwell of the State Bureau of Investigation’s financial crimes unit says the case involves funds from the estate of Fritz Detmers of Denver, North Carolina. Detmer died at age 78 in 2009.

The client’s widow, 39-year-old Charlinette Detmers, also faces charges. Cardwell says she was indicted on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle says Capece turned himself in and was released on bail.

Capece said he could not talk about the charges. His attorney, Eben Rawls III, could not be reached by the newspaper for comment.

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