A former employee of a Charleston, West Virginia, law firm entered a guilty plea to seven counts of embezzlement after an accounts payable audit revealed she had stolen almost $400,000 from the company.
According to the ABA Journal, Terry Workman, who served as the office manager for Bucci, Bailey & Javins for seven years, allegedly conducted a scheme to steal funds from the law firm by writing herself checks from the business' accounts. She also used the company's credit card to purchase personal items. The theft was not discovered until after she was fired from her position and a replacement was hired, states the news source.
Workman admitted to creating fraudulent checks, ranging from $800 to $1,200 each, to pay for unauthorized purchases, reports the Charleston Daily Mail. She also racked up between $60,000 and $70,000 of expenditures on the firm's credit card. Workman agreed to a plea deal that requires her to pay back all of the money in exchange for facing seven counts of embezzlement instead of the original 13 charges. Prosecutors state that she covered her tracks by manipulating financial records, which left the illegal activity hidden until after her termination from the company.