Fleeing attorney waives extradition


A Beaufort real estate attorney charged with taking $2.35 million from a client signed an extradition waiver today and should be back in South Carolina within 10 days, according to authorities.

Michael Timothy Jordan, 45, who now lives in Charleston but has an office on Lady’s Island, was arrested Friday, August 3th, morning at the Canadian border trying to get back into the United States, police said. Jordan’s wife reported him missing Wednesday night after he didn’t show up in the Edisto area on his 15-foot boat, launching an 18-hour Coast Guard search and rescue mission.

He faces charges of breach of trust with fraudulent intent by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office for taking money from a Hollywood client that was meant for a real estate transaction and instead transferring the money to a different bank account for his personal use, according to an affidavit. Jordan told police at the border he used the money to pay off debts.

Jordan has been held in a Buffalo, N.Y., jail since his arrest, and today’s appearance in Erie County Court was the first chance he received to start the extradition process, Buffalo police said.


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