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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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FEBRUARY 27, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LEGAL SECRETARY SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING

$159,000 FROM CLIENTS OF KC LAW FIRM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a legal secretary employed by the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling more than $159,000 from clients of the firm.


             Brenda Sue Moyer, 51, of Raytown, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this afternoon to one year and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Moyer to pay $159,120 in restitution.


             On Nov. 3, 2006, Moyer pleaded guilty to bank fraud. Moyer admitted that she wrote 113 unauthorized checks on four accounts of estate-clients of Armstrong Teasdale at Bank of America and UMB Bank over a nearly three-year period, forging the signatures of her supervisor and the conservators, in the total amount of $159,120.


             Moyer was employed as a legal secretary at Armstrong Teasdale from March 16, 1998, through Jan. 19, 2005 (except for the period between May 7, 1999, through May 30, 2000). Moyer had access to five accounts for four client-estates of Armstrong Teasdale but did not have signatory authority on any of the accounts. When directed to do so, Moyer would generate checks to pay necessary expenses associated with the estates, then give the checks to her supervisor or the conservators for signature. Either she or the conservators would mail the checks to the payee.


             Moyer admitted that, between March 31, 2002, and Jan. 12, 2005, she embezzled funds from the accounts of client-estates of Armstrong Teasdale by generating checks through the computer system to herself and, on occasion, to others, then forging the signatures of her supervisor or conservators of the estates. Moyer cashed the checks, deposited them into her personal bank account, gave them to her creditors, and on occasion gave them to her family members.


             Moyer also admitted that, when instructed to liquidate two Certificates of Deposit belonging to one of the client-estates, and to deposit the proceeds into the account of the client-estate, she did so and thereafter wrote checks payable to herself from the account.


             On at least one occasion, in order to conceal her fraud, Moyer created false monthly bank statements for one of the client accounts, at least one of which she mailed to the conservator of the estate.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Parker Marshall. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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