Flowood attorney jailed for fraud and contempt

Published: Feb. 3, 2012 at 2:54 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A Rankin County attorney is in the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. Hinds County Chancery Judge Dwayne Thomas said Michael J. Brown will stay there until he accounts for and returns a lot of money that belongs to the grandson of a late civil rights legend.

The court found that Brown was supposed to establish a guardianship account for at least $3 million dollars inherited by De Mon McClinton from his mother, Rebecca Henry McClinton.

Brown never did.

His mother, the daughter of the late Doctor Aaron Henry, died in 2000 when McClinton was 16-years-old.

Brown never deposited the funds into a bank as required by a court order 12 years ago.

He loaned out $550,000 of McClinton's money and personally borrowed another half-million dollars from McClinton's funds in 2001.

Additionally, Brown forged two checks totaling more than $230,000.

And in 2001, Brown tried to have a $398,000 fee approved in Hinds County Chancery Court for getting McClinton's funds from his mother's estate.

Judge Thomas ordered Brown's case turned over to the Hinds County district attorney and to the Mississippi Bar.

McClinton, who is now 28 and a WLBT employee, declined comment.

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