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Bookkeeper Accused of Embezzling $1.7M from Nashville Law Firm

Posted Sep 28, 2009 6:37 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A bookkeeper has been indicted on charges that she embezzled $1.7 million from the Nashville, Tenn., law firm Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner.

A 40-count indictment alleges Claire Thurman issued herself checks ranging from about $15,000 to more than $60,000 over a three-year period that began in 2006, the Nashville Post reports. Thurman allegedly used the money to buy household appliances and computer equipment.

Managing partner Mark Manner told the newspaper that the money was taken from the firm’s account and no client money was stolen.

Thurman was charged with forgery in an arrest warrant in August that claimed she had stolen $100,000 from the firm. At the time Manner said the total amount taken over several years was “significantly higher.”

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