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Legal Assistant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $400,000 from Law Firm

Legal Assistant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $400,000 from Law Firm

I’m still working on Practical Paralegalism’s “Top 10 Cautionary Tales of the Year” but maybe I should re-title it “Top 10 Biggest Illegal Hauls of the Year”…

A Kentucky legal assistant, Jody Wills, plead guilty to stealing approximately $400,000 between 1999 and 2003 from the Dean Law Office in Shelbyville.

As part of the plea deal, Jody Wills was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.


I couldn’t find much information online about either Jody Wills or Dean Law Office, but according to Wikipedia, Shelbyville, Kentucky, with a population of about 10,000, is a very small town, albeit the “Saddlebred Capital of the World” and holder of an annual horse show visited by William Shatner.

Still, I’m wondering how a law firm in a town this size managed to stay afloat after the loss of $400,000 over a four-year period.

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