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Search Warrant: Law Firm Lost Almost $10K Due to Credit-Card Payment Made by Unauthorized Person

Posted May 3, 2011 4:39 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: A small New Hampshire law firm lost nearly $10,000 when it was scammed in a credit-card identity-theft scheme, according to a U.S. Secret Service agent's affidavit seeking a search warrant for a suspect's condominium.

Attorney Justin Nadeau lost $9,693.13 when someone's credit card was fraudulently used to pay a legal settlement owed to Nadeau's law firm, the Portsmouth Herald reported.

“Unfortunately, and from what I understand, the credit card that ... [was] used to pay a legal settlement bill in my office was later was found to be fraudulently obtained,” Nadeau tells the newspaper. “This was not detected for nearly two weeks after the transaction and nearly one week after my office had distributed the funds to my client. I look forward to testifying with other alleged victims ... and I am confident that justice will be served.”

No one has yet been charged in the case.

Updated May 4 to correctly state the circumstances of the unauthorized payment.

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