Man pretends to be attorney, steals money from firm’s client trust account

From the Dept. of How Did That Happen?” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch via ABA Journal]:

A St. Louis man, Allen Dean Ritchie, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal identity theft charge and admitted using money from a law firm’s client trust accounts and Washington University for his personal use.

Ritchie also admitted “accessing and using the credit and financial accounts” of Washington University and alumni between 2007 and 2008, his plea agreement says.

Ritchie allegedly pretended to be a lawyer at this unnamed law firm (Why wouldn’t they report the name of the firm?) and gained access to the trust accounts.

Perhaps that’s the best way to get a law job these days. Just show up. It sounds so … familiar:

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