Lawsuit alleged more money taken from law firm - KMSP-TV

Lawsuit alleged more money taken from law firm

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ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Months before prosecutors charged Jordan Terry with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her St. Charles law firm employer, her former boss sued over missing money.

Terry, 46, who is listed with an Indiana address, was charged last month with taking nearly $164,000 from attorney J. Brick Van Der Snick during 2011, according to charging documents. Van Der Snick sued Terry last year claiming she stole approximately $138,000 over several months in 2012 prior to her resignation as office manager for his law firm.

This week, Van Der Snick said the cases involve "two separate chunks of money." An audit earlier this year uncovered additional missing money and prompted a call to St. Charles police, according to Van Der Snick.

"I'm so astounded and angry," Van Der Snick said, adding he has changed his firm's accounting practices in light of the situation. "We made some adjustments. We're bouncing back. We're moving ahead."

As office manager for Van Der Snick, Terry handled the firm's finances, including accounts receivable and payable, producing financial reports, and issuing and depositing checks on behalf of Van Der Snick, according to the suit. Terry misappropriated firm money to buy a new vehicle, jewelry and other items, the suit alleged. Van Der Snick initially wanted her bank accounts frozen and to have the vehicle's title surrendered.

Court records show the case was settled in November, but no details were listed. Van Der Snick said the settlement included a confidentiality agreement as to its terms.

Terry appeared in court on the criminal charges last week when a judge agreed to allow her to live in Indiana during the case. She is free on $10,000 bail after a friend posted her bond on April 16, court records show.

Terry worked for Van Der Snick from 2004 through her resignation in June 2012, records show. Van Der Snick said the lawsuit related to money taken during 2012 while the criminal charges are tied to money stolen from an "operating account" between January and August 2011. Terry is scheduled to return to court in June.

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