Columbus Woman In Jail For Allegedly Embezzling $1.4 Million From Law Firm

Columbus Woman In Jail For Allegedly Embezzling $1.4 Million From Law Firm (Image 1)

Columbus Police say a former employee may be responsible for embezzling more than $1.4 million from a Columbus law firm. 

Karen Boggs, 57, was arraigned on a theft charge on Thursday.

Boggs was the Coordinator for the Collections Department at the Carlile, Patchen and Murphy law firm on Broad Street.

Investigators say from March of 2004 to January of 2013, Boggs was issuing fictitious checks and processing bank transfers for her own personal gain.

Court documents show some of the evidence includes copies of checks to legitimate clients that were never mailed and emails from Boggs to personnel at Huntington Bank. 

Manager Partner, Ritchey Hollenbaugh, said Boggs started as an employee in 1998. 

Hollenbaugh said no clients were impacted by the embezzlement. 

The law firm’s insurance company did sue both Boggs and her husband Rich in 2013. The couple has been ordered to pay back at $1.2 million with mounting interest. 

Boggs was issued a $100,000 bond.

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