Federal prosecutors say a former payroll worker stole $1.2 million dollars from the small Washington, D.C., law firm where she was employed.

According to a criminal information entered Monday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the suspect, Tamika Beasley, maintained payroll records at James E. Brown & Associates between 2002 and 2008. The firm specializes in assisting low-income families with public education issues. Starting in January 2003, Beasley allegedly used her access to the firm’s checking account to transfer money into several of her own bank accounts.

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