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Embezzling Paralegal Now Accused of Stealing Clothes

This is one of those news stories where all the reported facts, including the numerical figures involved, simply make my jaw drop. Connecticut resident and former real estate paralegal Patricia Baddeley-Meehan is already in a world of trouble after pleading guilty to stealing $1.7 million from her former employer of almost a decade, South Windsor law firm Berman & Russo. But she is free on a nonsurety bond, and even found a job in a nice clothing store (since her paralegal services are no longer in demand).

Unfortunately, her new employer noticed that when Ms. Baddeley-Meehan was on the work schedule, high end clothing went missing. She is now accused of stealing over $30,000.00 of clothes from the store (in her sizes and preferred styles and colors), and the prosecutor in the embezzlement case has filed a motion to have her bond revoked or modified.

In October 2008, Ms. Baddeley-Meehan pled guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of filing a false tax return in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. Between August 2003 and May 2007, she wrote approximately 77 firm checks in a total amount of $1,716,128.22 to pay her personal credit cards, after taking $1,463,093.19 in cash advances from various casinos. (Note that she did have a signature stamp for the firm’s checking account).

Ms. Baddeley-Meehan has also added to her public legal woes by being included on the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services’ Top 100 Delinquent Income Taxpayer Accounts.

See JournalInquirer.com, U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Connecticut Press Release

2 Responses to Embezzling Paralegal Now Accused of Stealing Clothes

  1. April Fool’s! I read the first paragraph and exclaimed, “What?!” out loud, then looked up at the date. A-ha! Good one!

  2. I wish it WAS an April Fool’s joke, but this is a REAL news story — see the U.S. Attorney’s Office Press Release. But, yeah, that WOULD’ve been a funny faux blog entry for April 1! I wish I’d thought of it! 😀

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