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Bookkeeper Admits Paying Personal Loans From Dead Lawyer’s Accounts

Posted Nov 15, 2007 8:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former bookkeeper for Miami lawyer William Huggett has pleaded guilty to writing checks from his personal accounts after his death in 2004.

Sara San Martin, who is also known as Sara Echeverria, pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud in Miami federal court on Tuesday, the Daily Business Review reports. She will be sentenced on Feb. 1.

Prosecutors had claimed San Martin used Huggett’s accounts to write a check for almost $237,000 to pay down her mortgage and a check for almost $23,100 to pay off the loan on her 2003 Dodge Ram.

San Martin remains as a defendant along with nine other employees of Huggett’s law firm. It contends San Martin and a former associate paid themselves and other employers $739,000 from Huggett’s accounts after his death. The defendants say they had been promised the money for bonuses and vacation pay.

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