Maine lawyers’ group sues Bank of America

Posted May 31, 2011, at 1:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Trial Lawyers Association is suing Bank of America, claiming that a former employee who is charged with embezzling $166,000 from the group should not have been allowed to set up online banking or cash checks made out to her.

In a suit filed this month in Kennebec County Superior Court, the association says former administrative assistant Bettysue Higgins of Gardiner was not authorized to establish online banking accounts, which the group says allowed her to cover up her alleged thefts from 2006 to 2010.

According to the Kennebec Journal, North Carolina-based Bank of America denies the allegations and maintains the association itself is at fault.

Higgins was charged with theft and forgery in February, and the association recently won a $170,000 civil judgment against her.

 

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