Business of Law

Law Firm Is Victimized by Man Pretending to Be an Attorney There


A man with a record of 15 felony convictions somehow managed to get access both to an unidentified St. Louis law firm’s trust account and the “credit and financial accounts” of Washington University and its alumni

Allen Dean Ritchie, 42, pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal identity theft charge and admitted taking money from all of these groups for his personal use, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The article doesn’t explain how Ritchie got hold of the Wash U money but says he was caught when Social Security Administration discovered that Ritchie, who was pretending to be at attorney at the victimized law firm, was trying to get $12,000 for a prison inmate last year.

Both a prosecutor and the assistant public defender representing Ritchie declined the newspaper’s request for comment.

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