Law Practice Management

Office Mgr Accused of Using Law Firm Checks to Pay $218K in Credit Card Bills


In the latest chapter of an ongoing saga about trusted employees who allegedly have stolen from law firms throughout the country, a former bookkeeper and office manager for a Chicago law firm has been charged with misappropriating more than $225,000 over a nearly four-year period for her personal use.

The Goldberg Law Group, which formerly was known as Goldberg & Frankenstein, might still have been in the dark about the alleged thefts by Rosalba Garcia, 32, if a credit card company to which she is accused of providing firm checks to pay her personal bills hadn’t blown the whistle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Prosecutors say most of the money—$218,000—went to pay Garcia’s credit card bills, but she covered the thefts by making entries in the law firm’s books to create the appearance that the checks had gone to legitimate Goldberg contractors.

The article doesn’t include any comment from Garcia or her counsel.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com (June 16, 2010): “Law Firm Secretary Who Stole $625K Says Partners Were Like Family, Gets 4 to 13 Years”

ABAJournal.com (June 2, 2010): “Ex-Employee Gets Time for Stealing Nearly $557K from 2 Law Firms, Must Repay $46K”

ABAJournal.com (April 14, 2010): “Bookkeeper Gets 51 Months for Stealing $948K From Law Firm”

ABAJournal.com (March 2, 2010): “Ex-Office Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing $556K from 2 Law Firms”

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