Thursday, May 13, 2010

Illinois Law Firm Manager Charged With Embezzling $880K

Joan M. Sanchez, 52, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, was charged with embezzling more than $880,000 from the Chicago-based law firm of Kelly, Olson, Michod, Dehann & Richter LLC where she had been employed as an office manager for 24 years. According to authorities, Sanchez embezzled from the firm over a six and a half year period, from October 2002 to April 2009, issuing at least 234 checks that she deposited into her own accounts or made payable to a lunch club at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She is also charged with falsifying company records in order to conceal the thefts, which were discovered after a check bounced while she was out on vacation. Read the story here and here. Update (4/12/11): Sanchez, now 53, was sentenced to 8 years in prison today for embezzling nearly $900,000 from teh law firm of Kelly, Olson, Michod, Dehann & Richter LLC.

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