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Attorney accused of swindling county
Indictment: Lawrenceville man submitted bogus invoices

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville-based indigent defense attorney has been indicted for allegedly swindling the county out of thousands of dollars by submitting bogus invoices over a year-and-a-half span, court records show.

Christopher T. Adams, 40, faces 35 charges, including theft by taking, giving false statements and criminal solicitation.

Adams turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday, according to Gwinnett Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais. Adams was released on $27,600 bond.

From May 2005 to December 2006, Adams allegedly submitted false invoices to the county for work on behalf of clients who could not afford an attorney, according to an 11-page indictment.

He is charged with 17 counts of theft, 14 of which are felonies due to the amounts being more than $500, records show. He is also charged with 17 counts of giving false statements.

Adams faces a single count of criminal solicitation in which he allegedly tried to recruit a man in April 2006 for a scheme to submit false invoices to the county for investigative work and split the proceeds, according to an indictment bill.

A message left with Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter late Friday was not immediately returned. A call placed to Adams' law office was not answered.

According to his firm's Web site, Adams graduated law school from the University of Georgia in 1992 and served as president of the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club in 1995.