Powder Springs lawyer, 78, accused of theft
by Kathryn Malone
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March 03, 2011 12:00 AM | 4527 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Bach of Powder Springs is accused by clients of failing to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy paperwork on their behalf after being paid for the services.
Robert Bach of Powder Springs is accused by clients of failing to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy paperwork on their behalf after being paid for the services.
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POWDER SPRINGS - Powder Springs Police have arrested a 78-year-old attorney who authorities say took money from clients to file bankruptcy on their behalf, but failed to do so.

Robert Bach, of Powder Springs, was arrested Feb. 22 and is charged with 25 counts of theft by taking and five counts of theft by conversion, police said.

Police said an investigation into Bach was initiated after several clients reported that the attorney failed to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy paperwork in court on their behalf, after he was paid to do so.

Powder Springs Police spokesman Lt. Matt Boyd said Wednesday that police received the first report regarding Bach on Dec. 15, 2010. Since then, he said they have received several more. According to jail records, there were 25 victims.

Boyd did not know how much money was allegedly taken.

According to the State Bar of Georgia, it costs $299 to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in addition to attorney fees if the person decides to hire a lawyer.

"Although it is possible to file a case by yourself, it is advisable to seek legal assistance, especially when your home or car is affected," according to the State Bar.

The investigation into Bach is ongoing.

"We're still receiving new cases," Boyd said. "We just want to get it out there and let people know that if they did try to get service from him and it didn't get done, then they need to report it."

Bach was released from jail on Feb. 23 through a conditional pre-trial release, meaning he did not have to pay anything, but has to comply with certain conditions during the period of time before his trial.

The phone numbers listed for Bach's law office on Marietta Street in Powder Springs and the number listed on his jail book-in sheet were all disconnected on Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Det. J. Echeverry at 770-943-1616.
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intheknow1
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May 03, 2011
To chalkdawg4: I don't know the man at all, but I know his wife, Tina. Some of his psychological issues may stem from her having a long term affair with a married man in PCB,FL. all the while trying to drain Bob dry in a divorce. Love makes you do crazy things.
Against attorneys
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March 03, 2011
I wish I could get some of the lawyers who stole money from me arrested.

It was not bankruptcy, but they stole it just the same.
chalkdawg4
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March 03, 2011
I have known Bob for many years and actually dated his daughter in high school. I have always known him to be an honorable attorney. As an attorney myself, I can only think that he must be undergoing some psychological issues. I apologize to his clients as an attorney. You deserved better. My heart goes out to Bob and his family in this troubling time.
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