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Legal clerk caught with hands in solicitor's pockets

Legal clerk caught with hands in solicitor's pockets

A former legal clerk has been indicted for sealing $98,000 from a solicitor over a 17-month period.


The Minnesota based clerk, Allison Atherley, was charged in an indictment for theft by deception, theft, multiple counts of forgery and uttering a forged instrument, impersonation and identity theft.


Attorney Michael Bolton said he confronted Atherley, his accounting clerk for two years, about her suspected thefts on November 20, 2007, in the parking lot of his office. Atherley was trying to leave with a packet of forged checks from the office but she told Bolton the package contained her lunch. Bolton said he warned he would call the police and Atherley drove away, her open car door knocking Bolton to the ground.


A disorderly persons complaint of assault-by-auto was signed by Harding police against Atherley for this alleged offense, which launched their investigation into the office thefts.

Bolton said he realised the firm's finances were amiss when he got a call in November 2007 from a bank inquiring about a client's account and the sum ''was way off.''

''This has caused tremendous upset to me. It's a financial hit because I'm responsible for other people's money,'' Bolton said.


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