The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Law.com reported that Richard Thomas, a former bookkeeper for San Francisco law firm Bostwick, Peterson & Mitchell, was sentenced in December 2009 to 10 years in prison for “helping himself to $9 million of the firm’s funds over about nine years.”
That works out to about a million dollars a year in extra income. (I confess to really wanting to know what kind of car he drove every day to work.)
At what point do you stop stealing millions of your employer’s money, and move to a country without an extradition treaty with the U.S.?
Shoot, Thomas won’t be able to answer that one.
Oh, and here’s another helpful financial life lesson from Philadelphia secretary and paralegal, Heather Kovacs: pay taxes on your income, including bonus checks (not to be confused with free money).
The Morning Call reported that Kovacs pleaded guilty last week “to failing to pay taxes on more than $70,000 of income, much of it from bonus checks” and faces up to “six years in prison and a $500,000 fine.”
Her supervising attorney, John Karoly, may have been the inspiration for her creative bookkeeping. In November 2009, he was found guilty of “laundering $500,000 he originally gave to a local charity.”
A fine pair.