Former paralegal embezzled $600,000 from Chicago firm, funneling it to own student loan, mortgage accounts: Feds – Chicago Tribune

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A former paralegal who worked in bankruptcy at a Chicago law firm is accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from accounts, officials said Thursday.

Becky Louise Sutton, 66, formerly of Park Forest, is charged with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of embezzlement from a debtor’s estate, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s office in Chicago.

An indictment was filed Wednesday for Sutton, of Austin, Texas, who embezzled the money from 2009 to 2018 while working at the law firm, the statement said.

Sutton made “fraudulent transfers” of bankruptcy funds from trust bank accounts intended for creditors to accounts she managed – including her own personal bank account, credit card account, student loan account and her mortgage, according to the release.

In one instance, Sutton used a company with a similar name as a creditor to disguise his money transfer, according to the statement, which says the indictment seeks Sutton’s forfeiture of $611,263 in proceeds allegedly drawn. of criminal activities.

Reached by phone Thursday evening, an attorney representing Sutton, Gal Pissetzsky, said Sutton planned to plead not guilty and declined to give details immediately.

“She was just charged today…we’ll wait until we have the discovery,” Pissetzsky said.

Sutton’s arraignment in federal court in Chicago has yet to be scheduled.

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