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Tenn. Law Firm Bookkeeper Is Accused as Ky. Law Firm Bookkeeper Is Sentenced

Posted Aug 12, 2009 12:52 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Partners of a Tennessee law firm apparently didn't immediately notice that a bookkeeper allegedly was issuing herself five-figure checks from an escrow account.

But after an auditor for Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner focused on two $50,000-plus checks to bookkeeper Claire Thurman, she was charged in an arrest warrant with forgery, according to the Nashville Post.

Managing partner Mark Manner tells the Post that the total amount taken from the firm over a several-year period is "significantly higher" than $100,000.

"It was a lot of money in an absolute sense, but it was insignificant to our revenues. It should be stressed that it was our money and not client money," he says.

The article doesn't include any comment from Thurman or her counsel.

In an unrelated case, a former bookkeeper for a Kentucky law firm convicted by a federal jury earlier this year of stealing more than $93,000 from Pruitt & Thorner was sentenced yesterday to a 54-month prison term, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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