A man who says Cynthia Nichols stole 250 thousand dollars from his grandmother is speaking out, saying he felt early on that something was amiss with the Jacksonville attorney. His grandmother, Alice Lucas, had been staying in a home that Nichols allegedly purchased with money she stole from a different client. A friend of Nichols' had moved into the home and was making upgrades specifically for Lucas and getting $1,400 a week to do it.
Raymond Watkins says he contacted Nichols for help organizing his grandmother's estate and that she asked him in a letter to help her get control of it in exchange for that weekly stipend.
"Who charges $1,400 a week to look after your own grandmother?" Raymond Watkins asked our partner Action News.
Watkins says he tried but failed to prevent Nichols from gaining control of Lucas' estate, and then says he watched $250,000 disappear as she used it to fight him and his sister.
"She saved every dime scared to death her whole life she was going to end up in a nursing home...and it didn't matter. She ended up in a nursing home."
Watkins says he's not coming forward now because he wants his money back, but because he wants to prevent other families from being taken advantage of like his was.
Nichols was arrested Friday but has since been released on bond. She faces charges of grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. She does not currently have a court date scheduled.
WOKV is reaching out to Nichols' attorney for comment.