Legal Secretary In Hot Water Over Lawsuit Settlement

LawFuel.comThe ABA Law Journal reports how a former personal injury attorney’s secretary handled a case her own way, except it lead to some major trouble.

A former secretary for a South Florida personal injury law firm is facing criminal theft charges after allegedly stealing nearly $25,000 using a variety of techniques.

An arrest affidavit says Vanessa Beloitte, 29, made unauthorized charges to a client’s trust account for utility bill payments and forged endorsements on at least nine checks that should have gone to clients of the Law Offices of Fuentes & Berrio, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

The affidavit also accuses Beloitte of sending a letter to a client of the law firm terminating his representation, then negotiating with an insurance company to settle his case and cashing the check that subsequently arrived in the mail at Fuentes & Berrio, the newspaper recounts.