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Partner Says Secretary Stole $900K from Personal Account

Posted Feb 10, 2010 2:24 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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A partner in a small Chicago litigation firm claims that his former secretary siphoned nearly $900,000 from his personal accounts.

Details of the alleged theft have emerged in the federal bank fraud case against Crystal Sangiacomo, who is accused of writing more than 20 checks from the lawyer's account over an 18-month period, the National Law Journal reports.

In the criminal court case, the lawyer is only identified as "individual A." But the NLJ dug up a civil case in which Bruce Sperling, a name partner at Sperling & Slater, makes similar allegations.

Quoting from an affidavit, the NLJ reports that Sangiacomo told individual A that she had taken the money to buy her home out of foreclosure.

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