Monday, November 5, 2018

Blank Checks

An Illinois attorney has moved for consent disbarment after a theft conviction.

The Northwest Herald reported in April 2017

 A former McHenry County assistant state’s attorney will have to pay back the thousands of dollars she stole from an ex-boss after she pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge Friday.

Robin L. Perry, 52, was convicted of one count of theft of an amount more than $10,000 but less than $100,000, a Class 2 felony.

Perry, of Spring Grove, was sentenced to three years of conditional discharge on the felony charge.

She was also ordered to pay $26,229.50 in restitution to the McHenry lawyer’s office – $15,000 of which she paid in court Friday. She will be required to make restitution payments on the remaining $11,229.50.

Perry was charged in February 2016 with two counts of theft of an amount more than $10,000 but less than $100,000 and four counts of theft of an amount between $500 and $10,000, Class 3 felonies. Authorities said Perry exerted unauthorized control over the property of Guy R. Youman at different times between 2012 and 2015.

Youman, the principal and managing attorney at the Law Offices of Rupp & Youman, said he discovered the theft while performing his annual accounting in early 2015. He said Perry was employed as an attorney at his firm for less than a year.

Perry worked as an assistant state’s attorney in the late 1990s. She also served as a Zoning Board of Appeals board member from 2003 to 2011. She is no longer a practicing attorney in the state, according to the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.

According to the consent, the crimes took place after the firm had terminated her employment.

Between November 6, 2013 and September 4, 2014, Rupp & Youman maintained three bank accounts with Midwest Bank, relating to the firm’s clients the George and Barbara Duros Trust, the John B. Zabor Irrevocable Trust, and the Thomas P. Breen Jr Living Trust. The checkbooks for these accounts were kept inside an office within the firm’s office suite.

On September 4, 2014, Rupp & Youman terminated Movant’s employment. After her termination, Movant was told to return to the office to retrieve her personal belongings and return her copies of the keys to the firm’s office suite and mailbox.

Between November 6, 2013 and October 2014, Movant removed at least nine blank checks from the checkbooks for Rupp & Youman bank accounts...

(Mike Frisch)

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