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Date First Reported: August 2011

Primary Name Associated: Eddie Barrington

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Lawyers in Ontario and North Carolina reported to LAWPRO that they received the message reproduced below from someone purporting to be Eddie Barrington.

This is the same employee injury settlement scam attempted in the past under the names Sullivan Terry, Karen Clark, Michael Park and Gary Triestman. For details of how this fraud works see this earlier AvoidAClaim post.

The message received was as follows:

From: “Eddie Barrington”
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 08:20:01 -0700
To: Lawyer Name
Subject: Legal Advice

Dear Counsel,
I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of Settlement agreement with my former employer due to the injury I sustained while working for them. I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue.If this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide you with further Information.
Regards,
Eddie Barrington

One lawyer who responsed received this response and supporting documentation:

Thanks for your response, Please pardon my late mail response as my condition does not allow me stay long on the computer and I tried calling a couple of times and with the time difference,it is a little bit difficult to gauge the best time to reach you vice versa.

Let me enlighten you a little bit about the incident, I was on official duty going about my cleaning duties when one of the company’s official trucks going out for delivery hit me while reversing right inside the Warehouse Premises, this happened on the 12th of April 2010 inside one of the company’s Warehouse in North Carolina, there have not been any attorney working on this case before I entered a settlement agreement and General release with my former employers for $550,000.00 USD because the accident lead to permanent disability as in my case have severe waist pain and can’t stand for long anymore. I got paid $200,000.00USD-in two instalmental payment of $100,000.00USD before I left the United States but have not received any payment since my departure to Japan, my former employer still
owe me $350,000.00USD.

Different payment dates have been promised and I still have not received anything. Advice from my solicitor in Japan was to seek legal assistance in the United States Which is why I contacted you to act as my counsel and receive funds on my behalf. I will like to know what your fees would be in order for me to inform the company to expect contact from you as you have been authorized to act on my behalf and receive said funds or make contact with your firm. I would like your legal expertise in this matter on a
contingency basis if that is acceptable.

Please do get back to me so I can furnish you with the required details to contact my former employer and receive my entitlements on my behalf as I know these companies respect law firms and do not want to be carried to court. Before we proceed I will like you to forward your Fee/Engagement Letter for me to review and if okay, sign and return for you to begin work.
My last contact with my former employer,I was told I would receive payment not later than Mid July 2011, I would like to forward your details to them on your approval, so they know a law firm is representing me and I can sue for breach of agreement if they don’t keep their promise. I would like to give them this last chance to fulfill their obligations because they were very nice to me, before we start legal proceeding.

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation and understanding. My phone number is +81-3-5786-9232 should you require more information. I have attached here a copy of the agreement for your information, my former
employer is Crest Iron and Steel.

Regards,

Eddie Barrington
1-13-5 Shimokodanaka
Nakahara-ku
Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Japan

Barrington Settlement Agreement

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