Former Columbia County Deputy Paid by Private Attorneys to Refer Clients

Former Columbia County Deputy Paid by Private Attorneys to Refer Clients (Image 1)

Former Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy, David Kitchens, pled guilty to violation of oath last week. Kitchens was charged in 2013 with violation of oath, and computer theft. His punishment includes a $300 fine and 3 years probation.

Records obtained by News Channel 6, say Kicthens was paid by personal injury attorneys to refer patients to them.

In the incident report, witnesses say Kitchens would approach them after they had been in an accident. They described Kitchens to be without his patrol car and in his regular clothes. He would then solicited a private attorney for these people who had been in wrecks.

Documents found in Kitchens’s briefcase confirmed he was paid hundreds to refer these potential clients to attorneys. Kitchens said, he contacted drivers who were not at fault in traffic accidents, and referred them to these attorneys.

Captain Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said, “Once we learned of possible policy and criminal violations, we conducted both an internal and criminal investigation. As a result, David was terminated and charged criminally.”

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