Law firm employee, 3 others indicted Officials say $465,000 taken from client fund

September 07, 1996|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

An assistant bookkeeper and three others have been indicted in a theft of $465,000 from a client fund at a downtown law firm.

Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced yesterday the indictments of Rahman Shariff Omar of Ellicott City and Anthony McKenzie of Randallstown on charges of theft and conspiracy. Omar's wife, Ada Omar, and Jerome Hines of Baltimore also were indicted on conspiracy charges.

The indictments, handed down by a grand jury Wednesday, involve disbursements from the account at the general practice firm Goodman, Meagher & Enoch, where Rahman Omar worked, said Assistant State's Attorney Marcella A. Holland.

Leonard J. Grossman, a partner in the firm, said yesterday that no clients lost money. "The firm was disappointed by the breach of trust displayed by a former clerk," Grossman said. "The firm recognized its responsibility to our clients and immediately restored all clients' funds."

According to prosecutors, the money trickled out slowly from January 1994 to June 1995, as Rahman Omar, 27, wrote checks to 31 people, using client numbers to make it appear the firm was making legitimate payments.

Some of the check recipients were family members or parents of friends, and others thought they were going into business with him. All of them, Holland said, eventually returned the firm's money to Omar or McKenzie.

Arraignment for the four is scheduled for Oct. 11 in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Pub Date: 9/07/96

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