Paralegal sentenced to 2 ½ years for stealing from clients - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Paralegal sentenced to 2 ½ years for stealing from clients

An Akron woman was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for stealing more than $350,000 from clients of a law firm where she worked, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Catherine Chenoweth, 56, pleaded guilty in June to one count of wire fraud. At least some of the money financed gambling trips to casinos in West Virginia, Dettelbach said.

Chenoweth worked for several years as a paralegal for a law firm located in Uniontown, Ohio, until January 2010, when her employment was terminated. Her duties primarily involved performing work for the Uniontown law firm's estate and probate clients, according to court documents.

She defrauded clients of approximately $351,700 by forging or misdirecting checks drawn on client accounts, and by making false representations to clients about her own financial situation.

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