Paralegals in the News

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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Today’s Quote: Finally, those Pole Dancing for Fitness Classes Paid Off

But attorneys swear the scam is ongoing. One “discovery room” normally used to discuss trial strategy was recently closed, they say, after guards caught an inmate and a paralegal “discovering” more than legal documents. ~ “Miami’s Federal Jail Overrun With Strippers Posing as Paralegals, Lawyers Say” (Miami New Times Blog) She wasn’t a real paralegal,…

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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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Today’s Quote: Tell It to the Stuffed Animal

“When school is hard and you need a good cry, a stuffed animal is a lot nicer than having a person judge you.” ~ Kimberly Ma, legal assistant student at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (The Weal) I kept a stuffed giraffe from my childhood way into adulthood – until a real pet animal…

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NC Paralegal Spearheads Gifts for Soldiers Campaign in Local School System

Katie Berry, a working mom and senior paralegal with Deuterman Law Group in Greensboro, NC, is using her professional skills to make a difference as a community organizer. She’s coordinating her law firm’s Operation Shoebox campaign by asking local schools to help gather gifts for soldiers. Operation Shoebox – Supporting Our Troops, http://www.operationshoebox.com/, sends care packages…

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