One of the keynote speakers at this month’s “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C. was a Confederate apologist named Charles Edward Lincoln III. While he was presented as a “civil-rights activist from New Orleans,” it wasn’t mentioned that he is, in fact, a disbarred ex-lawyer who has a history of criminal convictions, including a felony conviction for using a false Social Security number, and a long list of complaints against him by clients for alleged scams.
At the far-right event, Lincoln ranted that America’s modern ills, including mass incarceration, can be traced back to the Confederacy’s defeat in the Civil War.
In September 1996, Lincoln convinced the Alvarados to withhold mortgage payments to the mortgage’s holder and give them to him. Lincoln gave the Alvarados a fake receipt claiming the money had been deposited to the clerk of the court, according to a complaint filed by the Alvarados and cited as the basis for his disbarment. (On his website, Lincoln attacks the local government generally, alleging a conspiracy, but doesn’t address the charge directly.)
In reality, Lincoln was depositing the money into his own bank account—a checking account he had opened at Wells Fargo under a false Social Security number. The misrepresentation was discovered by the FBI in the course of investigating the Alvarados’ allegations against Lincoln.
Facing five felony charges, he made a deal to plead guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number in exchange for having four other charges dropped. Lincoln accepted a sentence of three years’ probation and revocation of his license to practice law in Texas. Pleading guilty to a felony resulted in other states initiating disbarment proceedings