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Alleged Criminal Activities

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Could Cost Paralegal Prison Time

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…

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Former Paralegal Supervisor Indicted with Ex-Husband for Payroll Fraud

Karen Parker may have divorced her husband in 2009, but she was still indicted with him last week – by a federal grand jury – for payroll fraud charges that allegedly occurred before, during, and after the marriage. Practical Paralegalism mulled over this burgeoning New Orleans parish brouhaha back in January 2010, when Parker’s qualifications…

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Paralegal Poser Gets Prison Time

She wept and swore she wanted to turn her life around, but the judge wasn’t buying it, taking a been there and done that approach in the sentencing of a Missouri woman found guilty of felony theft charges. I don’t blame him. The woman posed as a paralegal in order to steal money from a…

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English Legal Secretary’s Theft Causes Law Firm to Go Belly Up

A legal secretary’s admitted theft of over £400,000 ($618,285 USD) will not only result in prison time for her, but has also cost approximately 36 co-workers their jobs and sunk the East Sussex law firm where she worked.The Daily Mail reported that Leanne Harris pled guilty to seven counts of fraud and theft, after writing multiple…

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Attorney and Paralegal Indicted for Bilking Incapacitated Senior Citizens

Say it ain’t so. But the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in Freehold, New Jersey says it is allegedly so. The Atlantic Highlands Herald reports that after a three-year investigation, attorney Lynne Kenneally, and her former paralegal, Tara Howie, have been charged with theft and failure to make required disposition of more than $800,000. $800,000. Belonging…

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One Sign You’re Not Dealing with a Real Lawyer

If you see this sign, you might not be in a lawyer’s office. If you meet your lawyer for the first time at McDonalds and pay a $36 retainer fee to get your kid transferred out of jail to a psychiatric hospital, you’re probably not dealing with a real lawyer. Thankfully, in the case of…

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Paralegal’s Alleged Dating Relationship Leads to Perjury Charge

The U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts issued a press release on May 11, 2011, stating that Massachusetts paralegal Melanie Abbruzzese has been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, arising out of an alleged dating relationship with a federal postal inspector. Abbruzzese was employed by Denner Pelligrino, LLP, a Boston-based law…

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