A trend we do not need…

ABAJournal.com today reports on a paralegal being sentenced to 46 months in prison for stealing 1.7 million from her law firm. (How can a law firm let that happen? Wasn’t anybody supervising the paralegal?) But what is most starting about the post is this:

Such cases are surprisingly common, as indicated in previous ABAJournal.com posts, and new charges were announced this week against at least two other law firm employees.

In North Carolina, a Rowan County grand jury indicted Kimberly “Kim” Osborne on a charge of felony embezzlement, reports the Salisbury Post. She is accused of stealing $142,414 while working for attorney James Oxendine in 2007.

And in Oklahoma, a federal grand jury has handed down a wire fraud charge against Anna Jolene Chesnut, reports the Durant Daily Democrat.

The 62-year-old woman is accused of stealing a total of more than $110,000 from estate and trust accounts while working as a legal assistant to attorney Mark Morrison.

It would be interesting to see how this trend correlates with trends in Ontario as it continues to implement its licensing system that included a “good character” assessment.

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