Lawyer Involved in $850,000 Illegal Billing Scheme

On August 30, 2012, Mayer Brown’s former Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) David Tresch was arrested by the FBI for embezzling more than $850,000 over the past year.  The government’s complaint alleges that Tresch approved $980,000 in payments to an IT vendor for work that hadn’t been performed between May 2011 and May 2012, and the vendor sent him checks totaling $854,250. Mayer Brown paid the IT vendor almost $8 million between November 2004 and March 2011.  It has also been alleged that Tresch had a financial interest in the IT vendor and had received nearly $1.3 million from the vendor between 2005 and 2001.

Tresch had worked at Mayer Brown, one of Chicago’s oldest, largest and most prominent Chicago law firms since 2005.

It was reported that much of the illegal proceeds were spent on a fleet of vehicles, including a Cadillac DTS, an RV camping trailer, a work van and a mobile home. FBI agents seized Thursday approximately $210,000 in bank accounts controlled by Tresch, as well as a camping trailer, a van, and a luxury automobile.  Tresch was released on a $100,000 partially-secured bond.

For additional information, please read the Above the Law Blog Posting by Christopher Danzig entitled: Mayer Brown’s Former CIO Charged With Defrauding the Firm Out of a Whole Bunch of Money


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