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5 Years After Guilty Plea, Ex-Fried Frank Bookkeeper Still Owes More than $300K in Restitution


A former bookkeeper at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has repaid the law firm only $4,000 in the five years after her guilty plea in a $350,000 embezzlement scheme.

Gerry Mathews, who worked in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office for nearly 20 years, was sentenced in 2006 to a year in jail and ordered to pay about $312,000 in restitution, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. Her failure to repay the money became public this week when a federal judge refused Mathews’ request to transfer the case to federal court in Maryland where she lives.

Prosecutors had alleged the request to transfer the case was an apparent effort to delay or frustrate efforts to collect the judgment.

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