The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
As a blogger, it’s not my mission to rat out every paralegal who makes a mistake, but this story from the San Antonio Express News is notable for the sheer audacity of the alleged misdeeds. In this case, the since fired paralegal copped to submitting more than $430,000.00 in fake travel claims.
He claimed he had visited several of the organization’s clients to help them fill out their Veterans Affairs Department claims. In reality, the people he claimed to have visited were dead, did not exist or were not even clients of the TRLA, previously known as the Texas Rural Legal Aid. It provides legal services to the poor.
It’s not unheard of for employees to pad travel reimbursement requests or misplace a few meal receipts, but almost half a million dollars in fraudulent mileage and per-diem claims is like winning the travel expense lottery.