White-Collar Crime

Former estate-planning lawyer faces federal charges in claimed $3M client theft case

A former Pennsylvania estate-planning lawyer is facing a federal wire fraud and money-laundering case, accused of bilking eight clients of over $3 million between 2007 and 2013.

Prosecutors say Wendy Weikal-Beauchat, 46, used fake certificates of deposit and IRS 1099 interest-reporting forms to cover up the claimed thefts, the Gettysburg Evening Sun reports.

Weikal-Beauchat was disbarred by consent earlier this year.

The Gettysburg Times and the Patriot-News also have stories about the Middle District of Pennsylvania case.

Earlier coverage:

Evening Sun (Feb. 2013): “Gettysburg lawyer disbarred”

Evening Sun (March 2013): “Former Gettysburg attorney ordered to turn files over”

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