Posted Jun 28, 2012 05:01 pm CDT
A former office manager and legal assistant for a downstate Illinois law firm has pleaded guilty to federal mail-fraud charges of stealing $150,000 from Erwin Martinkus & Cole over a 10-year period.
Laura R. Tholen is expected to be sentenced in September to a stipulated 21-month federal prison term and must pay restitution of a little more than $66,000 to the Champaign-based law firm, the News-Gazette reports .
According to prosecutors and the indictment, Tholen handled a client trust account for a family law attorney at the firm and wrote more than 100 checks from the account for her own personal expenses.
As detailed in earlier ABAJournal.com posts, such thefts by trusted employees are not a rarity: