Criminal Justice

Employee Charged with Stealing More Than $40K from Small Fla. Law Firm


When Victor J. Musleh found out that an employee had allegedly stolen $1,000 from his Florida law firm, he initially didn’t want to press charges.

But when a further investigation revealed over $40,000 in losses, he changed his mind, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

Lisa Marie Bradford, 39, was arrested Friday by Ocala police and charged with grand theft and organized fraud before being released on $10,000 bond.

An employee of the firm since 2005, she became its bookkeeper in 2011. She is accused of both diverting into her own account both checks sent to the law firm and law firm checks made out to attorneys and other payees.

Bradford declined comment when contacted by the newspaper.

As detailed in earlier ABAJournal.com posts, such accusations of theft by trusted law firm employees are not unusual. A number of other case reports are linked in:

Paralegal Is Arrested at NY Law Firm, Charged with Embezzling $250K.

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