A grand jury recently handed down a five-count indictment for theft and forgery against a Tennessee lawyer accused of misappropriating funds from the law firm he helped found.
According to the indictment, Charles Edward Daniel embezzled the money between October 2004 and June 2009 by forging checks and depositing funds into his personal account that were intended for the firm – Daniel, Pemberton, Scott and Scott.
The misappropriation was first uncovered in 2010, after Daniel had left the firm and a recovery audit was launched, WBIR-TV reports. According to his former partners, he attempted to cover his tracks by taking financial records with him upon his exit. They subsequently sued him for embezzling at least $600,000,
Court documents specifically cited three forged checks, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports – including one for more than $4,600 in legal fees for a civil cases handled on behalf of a retired member of the Knoxville Police Department.
Daniel's criminal defense attorney, Wade Davies, maintains his client is innocent, according to the news source.