The ex-general counsel of a New York turnpike workers' union forged bills for legal work and CLE classes to steal more than $200,000 from his client, prosecutors allege.
Kevin Clor, 40, of Buffalo, faces charges of grand larceny, possessing forged documents, and falsifying business records, Reuters reports. He recently pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan courtroom.
Clor submitted 150 forged receipts as general counsel for New York State Thruway Employees Local 72, prosecutors claim. Clor's receipts allegedly included more than $100,000 in continuing legal education classes that Clor never attended. And that's not all.
The former general counsel's bills also allegedly included more than $22,000 for Thomson Reuters legal materials that Kevin Clor never purchased, prosecutors say. "He went so far as to make up names of Thomson Reuters employees" to support his forged receipts, a prosecutor told the court, according to Reuters. [Note: FindLaw is a Thomson Reuters business.]
Clor's deceit allegedly continued even after he learned he was under investigation. Clor convinced others to write letters vouching for Clor's good moral character -- but he did so under false pretenses, saying they were for job references, prosecutors claim.
Clor's attorney challenged prosecutors' evidence, and their arithmetic. At least $37,000 in receipts were for legitimate business purposes, he said, adding, "There is no fraud whatsoever."
Ex-general counsel Kevin Clor is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail in connection with forgery and stealing money from the union. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison for the larceny charge alone; he also likely faces discipline by the New York bar.
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