Thursday, February 24, 2005

NOT FRIDAY YET, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH: In one of the more "interesting" stories, a Westchester County paralegal just pleaded guilty for running an identity theft scam, stealing over $1 million from two companies. The rub here is that she used a patent law firm as a front for stealing all the money.

While working as a paralegal for a large corporation on Long Island, the thief submitted seven fraudulent invoices totaling over $595,000 for legal work that had never been provided. The company issued checks for the counterfeit invoices to a "well known patent law firm" that had done work for the company before. Instead of mailing the checks, Nicholson insisted the checks be given to her for disbursement. Then, posing as an attorney, she secured a business certificate using a name nearly identical to the patent law firm’s, opened a bank account and deposited the checks into that account.

1 Comentário:

paralegal degree said...

They said " The two grand larceny charges could land Nicholson in prison for up to 30 years, prosecutors said.

Nicholson had worked at Honeywell, an aerospace company, for just seven months, from late 2002 to mid-2003."

Good post!

Cheers,
Sam

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