(KTVI) – An attorney is reported missing by clients who say he disappeared around Halloween night. Jeff Witt helped break the 2008 Clayton garage bombing case. He worked with federal agents and turned state witness against his former client Skip Ohlsen. Our inquiry found no evidence of a connection between his cooperation and his recent reported disappearance.
Jeff Witt advertises himself as "protection against the raw hand of the law."
One of his clients contacted us when he couldn't find him.
The client said, "He was supposed to show up for court for me and take care of my case for me. I wouldn't need to show up. He gave me a letter to that effect that I did not need to come to court. Then he did not show up for court on that court dateand I was at risk of being arrested."
The doors are locked at Attorney Witt’s St. Peters office. Neighbors report they’ve been locked for weeks, with law employees showing up at odd hours.
Several people who work nearby say they’ve met furious clients complaining they’ve been abandoned.
This Wednesday, November 27, the Missouri Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel filed court documents recommending suspension, saying Witt left behind 58 clients. The documents also allege the clients can't access their files.
Regulators also allege Witt hired disbarred attorney Bernard Becton to help him with cases. Becton served prison time for forgery. He currently faces felony theft charges and court records indicate Becton demanded the deposition of Witt in his defense.
We also tried tracking down Witt at his St. Louis County home. He didn’t answer the door. Police report they checked on him October 25 and found him alive and well.
Recently, Witt's had a sign on his front office door saying he’d be gone one week. Business neighbors said the sign remained for a month and then came down Thanksgiving day. We’ll stay on top of the actions against Witt and the clients he reportedly stranded.
Former clients can contact Attorney Kenneth Carp to retrieve their old files. The Courts appointed Carp to take over some cases and help with abandoned files. You can contact Carp by calling him at 314-942-3005 or through one of his web-sites http://www.kcarplaw.com, http://www.unemploymentlawfirm.com, www.stlouistrafficticketlawfirm.com or www.injurylawyerstlmo.com.
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