Bob Shiles Staff writer
October 23, 2013
LUMBERTON — The property housing the law office of former Robeson County Attorney Hal Kinlaw will be sold at a public auction on Thursday.
The foreclosure sale of the property, located in downtown Lumberton at the corner of Elizabethtown Road and Chestnut Street, will be sold at 11 a.m. at the county courthouse on Elm Street. Kinlaw operated a private practice out of the building.
The property will be sold “as is” and will include any tax liens that have been applied to the property, according to a Robeson County Superior Court employee.
Residential property owned by Kinlaw in St. Pauls is also facing foreclosure, but will not be sold at a public auction on Thursday, the court employee said.
Kinlaw was Robeson County’s attorney for 23 years before he resigned in June after BB&T filed six lawsuits against him, his wife Marcia, Anita Jo Kinlaw Troxler, and five companies, all of which have addresses listed either for Kinlaw ’s home in St. Pauls or his law office. The bank said in the lawsuits that Kinlaw owed $17.8 million.
Kinlaw told The Robesonian at the time that he was in a “bad investment scenario” and “trying to work out a way to pay everything back.” His problems, he said, center on land he purchased over the years in Onslow and other coastal counties for development companies. According to Kinlaw, the value of the properties has depreciated so much that the bank now contends the collateral to renew his loan no longer exists.
None of the land is in Robeson County, he said.
County Manager Ricky Harris said earlier this year that Kinlaw had been receiving a salary of $179,242 from the county. Harris also said that Kinlaw was paid by the county for expenses incurred when he required assistance from other attorneys for legal work for the county. According to the School of Government, Kinlaw billed the county $366,405 for additional fees during 2012.
Although he resigned in June, Kinlaw has continued to do legal work for the county for $5,000 a month.
“He is only making the salary and not receiving any county benefits,” Harris said Tuesday.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case.