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Houston attorney Roy Elizondo has been living a nightmare for the past five years, ever since he fell victim to a fraudulent check scam that has been hitting lawyers all over the nation.

He remembers the exact moment the stressful ordeal started. He and two lawyer friends were preparing to play a round of golf back in September 2014, when an employee from Elizondo’s bank called to say a $496,850 cashier’s check from a client, which he had deposited into his Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account, or IOLTA, had a problem with its signature authorization. After Elizondo called the bank that issued the cashier’s check, he learned the document was counterfeit.

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Angela Morris

Angela Morris is ALM Media's Texas litigation reporter. She covers lawsuits in all levels of Texas state and federal courts. Based in Austin, Morris earned journalism and government degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and since then, has worked primarily as a reporter and writer, but also has skills in videography, photography and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @AMorrisReports.

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