Richard Few Jr., AKA Richard Few, an attorney in South Carolina was once my lawyer until through his deliberate actions I came to lose everything I owned. I had started construction on a restaurant known as Auntie Muggs Cafe in Greenville S.C., when Richard Few Jr. of the law firm Leatherwood, Walker,Todd & Mann now with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, asked if he could become a part owner by making some investment.
Having done legal work for me in the past for another restaurant I owned, Tom's Food & Spirits, I was discussing my new venture with him when he asked if he could meet with me out at the new site. I said yes, thinking he wanted to be of some legal advisory help to me. When we met there he had brought a friend of his along, one John Burnett, then owner of C. Douglass Wilson Insurance Co. After walking through the property and seeing all the equipment on site, Mr Few proposed that he and his friend become small investors in this project and that he could form a corporation with him being the Secretary and me of course, the President. Subsequently Auntie Muggs Inc.
Hundreds of pages could be written of the incredible events that followed over the next three years (1990-93). These taught me that there is no situation in which you can find justice trying to defend yourself against a powerful, connected and well known attorney (who can also get judges to dismiss requests for a jury trial) and has decided to wrangle you out of all interests in an entity that not only was yours to start with, but one which you had invested all of your money, assets and time in.
When it was over, thru clever voting rights and stock manipulations, I couldn't even find out what Auntie Muggs Inc. was sold for, let alone participate in any type of recovery of my total losses. Congratulations Richard Few Jr., one successful South Carolina good old boy. Also John Burnett Sr. whos' policy of friendly smiles, warm handshakes, sincere happiness to see you with many compliments (also affiliate yourself with a charity name) but all the time maneuvering behind the scenes to deprive you, has made him a very rich man.
Richard Few Jr.
AKA Richard Few
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According to Mr Few and Mr Burnett, it would be extremely beneficial for me, and helpful to them, if they had a place where they and their employees could wine and dine the many clients of their respective downtown Greenville South Carolina firms. They said that I, of course, had all the restaurant experience and they would want no part whatsoever in the day to day operations.
Within just a week or so restaurant employees began to tell me of people they met on the floor who told them they were quote 'owners' and wanted things done a certain way and "You better not be stealing". Imagine my shock at learning these were people who had actually been made shareholders without even my knowledge. I began to hear about stockholder meetings after the fact of Auntie Muggs shareholders. When I called Mr. Few he said he had wanted to spread out his risk a little and brought in some friends. I shouldn't mind. After all, he didn't want to lose his cars if something went wrong. When I complained that I needed to be at these stockholders meetings they had one out in the dining area while I was working in the kitchen. During a lunch rush a waitress told me "I got the table with all the owners". Hell, I hadn't even met half of them.
It wasn't long and they all showed up with their own manager, one Tip Lassiter, demanding I let him run things here. Along with a friend of Few's named Coy Lewis. (Lewis had been made a stockholder too, only at no cost to him. Few just gave him stock and voting rights...FREE) This is for real folks. Lewis,who never worked in a restaurant in his life, would be the liaison between Lassiter and Few. Wha????
It wasn't long after this that without my knowledge Lassiter was supposedly given additional funds he had requested for upgrades at at Auntie Muggs. I never saw any but did find that Richard Few Jr. had billed the restaurant for 'legal services'. Lassiter had told me he got $60,000. Few must have been paid because it was near zero balance in the company checkbook.