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2 former workers get over 1 year in $788K law firm theft

Posted Jun 6, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Two former employees convicted of working together to divert $788,000 from an unidentified New Jersey law firm were sentenced Thursday in Trenton to over 1 year each in federal prison.

Marla Deptula, 46, and Rose L. Crabbe, 32, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and Deputa also pleaded guilty to subscribing to a false tax return. Deptula got 20 months and must pay $705,093 in restitution. Crabbe got 15 months and must pay $74,206, reports MyCentralJersey.com, a Gannett news company website.

Deptula, who was a secretary for the firm's real estate division, had access to money in its operating and trust accounts. The money allegedly went both to the two women directly and in checks written to personal creditors. They were also accused of altering the firm's books to try to cover up the thefts.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Ex-Employees Admit Embezzling $788K From NJ Law Firm"

ABAJournal.com: "Law clerk of 28 years diverted $3M from real estate lawyer, authorities say"

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