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Woman gets 30 months for embezzling from attorney

December 21, 2019 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former bookkeeper is going to prison for stealing from one of Maine’s best-known lawyers.

Jaime Butler, 41, of Falmouth, pleaded guilty Friday to forging the signature of Daniel Lilley and stealing at least $236,000 from his firm. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison, and ordered to pay restitution.

Lilley, who died in March 2017 at age 79, was a defense attorney who played a role in a number of high-profile cases over the years.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Lilley’s son said in a statement that his father trusted his employees, and that Butler lied to him. Butler apologized for her actions.