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Former Bookkeeper Gets 10 Years for Stealing $9M from Law Firm

Posted Jan 11, 2010 2:54 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A former bookkeeper for a California personal injury firm was sentenced last month to a 10-year prison term for stealing $9 million from Bostwick Peterson & Mitchell over roughly a nine-year period.

Richard Thomas was also ordered to pay restitution of $8.7 million, reports the Recorder.

Partner James Bostwick tells the legal publication that the San Francisco-based firm first questioned Thomas' handling of its funds in 2005, after he acted suspiciously during an audit.

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