Monday, April 27, 2009

Minnesota Attorney Accused Of Stealing From Law Firm He Co-Founded

Thomas Allen Rothstein, 44, of Hennepin County, Minnesota and a founding partner of the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in Bloomington, Minnesota, was accused April 15th of embezzling $124,258 from the firm. According to the criminal complaint, which charges him with 10 counts of "felony theft by swindle," Rothstein was in charge of the law firm's finances and controlled its financial software, enabling him to conceal his alleged thefts. He allegedly misused company credit cards, issued checks to himself, took client "refunds" for himself and paid for personal items with firm funds. According to the complaint, Rothstein admitted when confronted that he had stolen only $27,500 and that he needed the money to pay for defense costs in a case involving another prior employer from which he is alleged to have embezzled. The complaint alleges that the thefts occurred between February 2005 and September 2007.

Read the story here, here and here.

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