Gary Attorney Charged with Theft After Cashing Client Check

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June 16, 2017-Indiana State Police allege a Gary, Indiana attorney cashed a check for $80,000 that was intended for a client and kept the proceeds. According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Ruth A. Batey was hired by Shane and Robin Bolde in July, 2014 to work on a workmen’s compensation case. Both Shane and Robin Bolde are police officers according to the sworn affidavit.

“On July 3, 2015, [Shane and Robin Bolde] discovered that Batey had sent an email to Beth Wilkinson who is a senior cliams representative for Farm Bureau Insurance and the email was in relation to the settlement draft check made payable to them and Batey in the amount of $80,000.00” the affidavit states. According to police, Batey deposit the $80,000.00 check into her attorney trust account. Police reviewed the records of the trust account and determined that “58 deposits were made from the [trust account] to Batey’s business account totalling $98,505.00 and 54 withdrawals were made from her business account totalling approximately $94,035.00.” Police go on to allege that Batey never prepared a settlement statement nor issued a check to Shane and Robin Bolde. Batey was charged with theft, a level 5 felony. The case is being investigated by Detective Gary Runde of the Indiana State Police.

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