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Lawyer ‘Totally Taken Aback’ by Missing Money

Posted Sep 21, 2007 6:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former assistant for a Virginia lawyer faces federal accusations that she embezzled thousands of dollars from an estate he was handling.

Shelia Mae Boone is accused of forging checks for more than $270,000 from estate funds, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She is charged with two counts of bank fraud and one of aggravated identity theft.

Boone worked for lawyer Harvey Latney Jr. of Richmond, who is also a part-time commonwealth's attorney for Caroline County. Authorities said he was "totally taken aback" when he learned about the missing money.

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