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Law firm employee convicted of true copycat crime

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A New York City man is headed to prison after being convicted of selling his employer’s copier toner on the black market. He was working in the document management department of the Manhattan-based law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacob­­son when he hit upon the idea of ordering more toner than the firm needed.

He began selling the surplus at a profit, a copy caper that continued for more than two years. Police in­­ves­­ti­­ga­­tors estimate that he stole more than $367,000 worth of toner, which he resold for between $10 and $15 per box. He will serve one to three years in prison.

Meanwhile, the employer is having no success in collecting restitution. The man’s only asset, a $14,000 retirement account, is untouchable without his wife’s consent. She re­­fuses, and has moved to South America.

Note: Sometimes mundane items bring the biggest profit for sticky-­fingered employees. Consumables in particular offer big profits because the thief can develop repeat customers. Combat such theft by regularly comparing purchasing records and inventory levels.

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Laura | Dutch Law Firm AMS October 24, 2013 at 2:01 am

Well, indeed you can see this is a true copycat crime. Although it is an interesting matter, because he hasn’t any success in collecting restitution.

Kind regards,


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