Police: Rogers Woman Embezzled $20,000 From Law Firm, Clients
SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Rogers woman is accused of embezzling nearly $20,000 from a Springdale law firm by forging court documents and judge’s signatures to cover her tracks.
Monserrate Morales, 28, was arrested Tuesday (May 1) in connection with two counts of forgery, theft of property, tampering with physical evidence and falsifying business records.
Morales told Springdale police she had stolen roughly $18,961 from the law firm and several clients since 2012, according to a preliminary arrest report.
George McManus, who founded the firm in 1998, said up to 30 clients may have been affected.
Working as a direct assistant to one lawyer at the firm, Morales said she stole cash, created fake legal documents and destroyed business records and receipts to hide the thefts, according to the report.
Morales was fired in February, McManus said.
During the investigation, police found one fake court document and two court documents with forged judge’s signatures and a court seal.
Investigators also found court documents with forged signatures from clients to collect over payment for the law firm’s services, according to the report.
McManus praised Springdale police for their work on the case and urged anyone who thinks they may have been affected to contact the department at 479-751-4542.
Morales was released Thursday (May 3) from the Washington County Detention Center after posting a $3,500 bond. She has a hearing set for June 6 in Washington County Circuit Court.