"Paralegal pleads not guilty in fraud, theft"

I hate news like this about paralegals. Innocent until proven guilty, of course....: "A Ware County paralegal was released on $20,000 bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and theft of government funds. "Gina A. Wooten, 50, of Waycross, is accused of stealing more than $110,000 in a bank fraud scheme that an FBI investigation revealed involved forged signatures on federal bankruptcy checks. "Wooten also is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The money was in the form of official checks from the bankruptcy trustee, a March 8 federal indictment... Read more →

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Firm Discovers 'Associate' Is Not a Lawyer

Despite many "red flags," it took Anderson Kill & Olick almost three years to find out this 'associate' was a paralegal! "While Brian T. Valery 's legal education is in question, he could likely graduate with honors from the Frank Abagnale Jr. school of deceit. "Valery is under fire for his pro hac vice appearance in a 2005 complex litigation case heard in Stamford, Conn. His motion to appear, which went unopposed, was based on his affidavit stating he was an attorney in good standing at the New York City firm of Anderson Kill & Olick. He also claimed to... Read more →

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Paralegals staff voting question 'hotlines'

Helping people vote legally & successfully is a good thing: "South Carolina voters will have a lot of company at the polls on Election Day as several groups say they will watch for problems across the state. [snip] "The U.S. Justice Department will dispatch more than 800 observers nationwide, a record for a non-presidential election year, but will not make an announcement about where poll watchers will be located until Monday, agency spokeswoman Cynthia Magnuson said Friday. "Meanwhile, several voter groups will document voting problems and a task force made up of U.S. attorneys and FBI agents will investigate any... Read more →

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Paralegal quoted on identity theft

Excellent news -- paralegal advice now being quoted by the press! "A 90-year-old Manchester woman is out $10,000 cash after falling victim to a Canadian lottery scam. "Another area woman selling a motorcycle on eBay was lured into wiring $2,000 to British Columbia as part of a phony transaction. "New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Richard Head recently got a fraudulent e-mail claiming to be from Paypal, but was really sent from an identity thief. “'It’s a crime that’s affecting everybody,' said Michael Blanchard, a U.S. postal inspector who investigates identity theft crimes in New Hampshire. 'If you’re on the Internet,... Read more →

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