Richard Merritt had been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years on probation after being found guilty of stealing money from his clients and mistreating older people. The court found him guilty of more than 30 counts of theft, forgery and exploitation.

It was given until 17 hours. February 1st to put his house in order before going.

Instead, the US Marshal Service stated that he had cut off his ankle monitor and had fled.

The day after Merritt surrendered, her mother, Shirley Merritt, was found dead. His car was gone, while Merritt's vehicle was found on the scene, the US Marshal Service said in a statement.

"The vehicle that he could drive is a silver 2009 Lexus RX350, bearing the Georgia CBV 6004 label," states the US Marshal Service's release. "He may have shaved his head or have changed appearance, and should be considered armed and dangerous.Do not try to engage him.If you see Merritt, immediately contact them. forces of order. "

Merritt admitted to filing civil lawsuits on behalf of his clients without their knowledge, forging signatures and vouchers, and keeping the money for his clients, the Cobb County Attorney's Office. said in a statement.

"Victims came to him for help and he served himself," said District Attorney Jason Marbutt. "People should be able to trust their attorneys.When an attorney is lying, this has repercussions on the entire system."

Merritt was also ordered to pay $ 454,706 in compensation to his clients.

"Some of his victim clients were suing for medical malpractice and are now even more financially injured because of Merritt's crimes and abuses," said the Cobb County District Attorney's Office. "Some other victims are seniors." Merritt lied to the victims, suggesting that he was pursuing their lawsuits, and meanwhile spending unauthorized funds for settlement on a lavish vacation and a Porsche. "

Good King News contacted the lawyer representing Merritt in his original conviction for comment but has not yet received a response.

Artemis Moshtaghian from Good King News contributed to this report.