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A former bookkeeper at the Washington, D.C., office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is facing prison after admitting she stole more than $350,000 from the firm. Gerry Mathews began working at Fried, Frank in 1986, and eventually was promoted to a position that entailed managing the partners’ professional finances. Mathews began embezzling money from her employers in 1993 and continued until she was caught in May 2005, according to prosecutors. “We of course are disappointed and saddened that an employee has taken advantage of her position this way,” says Paula Zirinsky, media relations director for Fried, Frank. Zirinsky refused to say why it took the firm 12 years to uncover the theft. Mathews pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to one felony charge of interstate transportation of money taken by fraud. Court documents say she paid off her personal credit-card bills using checks from the partners’ professional corporation bank accounts. Sometimes she would draft checks for small amounts, have them signed by one of the partners, and then alter them by adding zeros to increase the amount. Mathews could face up to two years in prison when she is sentenced June 16. Neither Mathews, who is free on bond, nor her lawyer, Richard McGill of Upper Marlboro, Md., could be reached for comment.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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