Lawyer Suspended After Second Paralegal Steals From Client Account
Maryland lawyer Charles Jay Zuckerman thought the new paralegal he hired would clean up the mess caused by a predecessor who stole from his client trust account.
But the new paralegal was also a thief, taking more money than the first, the Daily Record reports. In all, the two paralegals stole more than $300,000, and Zuckerman is being held accountable. The Maryland Court of Appeals has suspended Zuckerman, prompting the former assistant attorney general to declare that he will never return to private practice.
Zuckerman told the newspaper he was so busy with his personal injury practice that he had to delegate responsibility. “I had hundreds and hundreds of cases,” he told the Daily Record. “I was in court a lot. You’ve got to delegate things. You can’t be there to sign every check.”
“You’ve got to have some trust in your employees,” he said.