Was it worth it, guys?

So what do a creative California paralegal and a sweet elementary school teacher do when they’re not pursuing justice or teaching our kids?

Allegedly swipe a couple hundred thousand bucks by doctoring a check payable to the paralegal’s employer and then charter a private jet to New York City for an out-of-control spending spree.

Oh, and also put a down payment on a $3.7 million dollar house, according to The Los Angeles Times. ‘Cause that’s the kind of house real rich peeps buy.

This story is all over the national news, which is of course a great day for the rest of us hard-working paralegal schmucks who’ve never been to New York City and can only afford staycations.

The headlines alone will have you giggling:

Two Girlfriends Go on Ultimate Shopping Spree  (They made TIME magazine :o)
Idiot California Roommates Forge $285 Check for Private Jet
No, You Can’t Just Forge a Huge Check and Be Rich Forever

According to the Los Angeles Times, the paralegal and her teacher roomie have been charged with two felony counts of forgery, one felony count of grand theft, and one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement. The authorities say a $19,500 check payable to the law firm somehow turned into a $285,000 check payable to the paralegal and ended up in the duo’s joint checking account. They pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

The vacay high jinks allegedly included renting five rooms at a Marriot overlooking Times Square and shopping at Tiffany and Montblanc. (In case you want to feel a little rich and out-of-control but don’t want to get arrested for it, just go to the Montblanc site and look at writing instruments. They don’t even put the price on these babies.)

The vacation of a lifetime ended abruptly when their account was frozen, and they had to fly coach back to Los Angeles.

I don’t know if they are one and the same, but there’s a profile for a paralegal with the same name at indiegogo.com for a proposed film called An Incidental Heist with the teaser, “If you could rob a bank without getting caught, would you do it?” The funds campaigner describes herself as a paralegal in the entertainment industry and says she assists a top entertainment immigration attorney with O-1 visas for major studios and talent agencies.

If the paralegal and would-be independent film maker are one and the same, maybe she tried to film a reality show instead.

Source:  The Los Angeles Times

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