Authorities say paralegal stole nearly $440K, created fake real estate parties to cover up
A paralegal at an unidentified southern Delaware law firm stole nearly $440,000 from her employer’s trust account over a period of five years or more, authorities say.
Penni Enama, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to wire fraud and tax evasion concerning the $439,824.40 theft. Prosecutors said she fabricated parties in real estate closings in law firm records to cover her tracks, the News Journal reports.
Enama had been employed for two years by the firm when the thefts began in 2007, the government said. She allegedly put funds she stole in her personal bank account and used the money to pay credit card bills.
The tax evasion prosecution concerned funds the feds said she failed to report as income on her 2011 and 2013 tax returns.
The newspaper article doesn’t include any comment from Enama, who is scheduled to be sentenced in March.