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Larry Sonsini’s secretary of four months, Suzie Moy Yuen, was arrested last week on charges that she embezzled $1.4 million from a previous employer. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office wouldn’t release the name of the alleged victim, citing privacy concerns. In a statement, the office said Yuen defrauded the victim, a Daly City man, over the 13 years she worked for him as a personal and executive assistant. Yuen was arrested April 11 at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Palo Alto offices. Courtney Dorman, a Wilson spokeswoman, said the firm was surprised to learn of the allegations and emphasized that those charges “have nothing to do with the firm and its clients.” Dorman said FBI officials met with Wilson’s general counsel the day of the arrest. She added that Wilson hired Yuen through an independent search firm. “A thorough background check was performed and references from past employers were received before she was offered employment,” Dorman said. The arrest was the result of an 18-month investigation, according to federal prosecutors. Dorman said the FBI told the firm a background check would not have revealed the ongoing investigation. Yuen, 51, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose. She is charged with seven mail fraud counts and four counts of filing false income tax returns. Federal prosecutors say Yuen had limited signature authority over the victim’s bank accounts. Yuen allegedly wrote and signed checks drawn from her employer’s accounts to pay her credit card bills and other expenses. Yuen allegedly made false entries to make it appear that all payments for her personal expenses were for his benefit. And to further conceal her fraud, Yuen lied to her employer’s accountant, who was conducting an internal investigation of his accounts, federal prosecutors say. Yuen was released on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge James Ware on Monday.

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