Remember Bonnie Sweeten the paralegal who faked her and her daughter’s kidnapping? U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. ruled Wednesday that she had stolen over $1 million monetary loss which allows federal prosecutors to seek a sentence of 102 to 121 months.
Sweeten used a complex series of frauds to obtain the $1 million, starting in 2004, when she was working as a paralegal in Bucks County for now-disbarred lawyer Debbie Carlitz. About $640,000 was taken from law firm accounts, while an additional $280,000 was stolen from an elderly relative’s retirement account. Sweeten was arrested in 2009.
Her family claims that she is sorry and realizes she made a mistake and they have no idea why she did what she did.
It is sad when someone stoops to stealing from their employer and the employer’s clients and even worse when that person is a paralegal.
- Forging Paralegal and School Teacher (lorijpaul.com)