East Bay Paralegal Caught Stealing From Law Firm (18 USC, Chapter 63)

Rabin Nabizadeh
July 8, 2013

San Lorenzo’s 42-year-old Ana Reyes is not an attorney.  She has never attended law school and never passed the Bar in any state of the union.  Reyes did, however, work for an attorney in with law offices in both Union City and Alameda– Brian Ching.   For 15 years, she managed the office, acted in a secretarial capacity, and did paralegal work. By all accounts, everyone in the office trusted her.

Yet, Reyes managed to steal approximately $327,000 from her employer. How did she manage this?  First, Reyes pretended to be a lawyer, handling clients that Ching never knew about and keeping the legal fees for herself.  Second, and perhaps worse, Reyes would get in touch with defendants who were being sued by Ching’s firm, pretend to represent the law firm as a settlement negotiator, and then keep the supposed “settlement” money.  She continued to take advantage of clients from the firm even after having been fired in 2011.  Ching has been disbarred for failing to keep a close enough watch over his employees and allowing the abuse of clients to take place.  Reyes has admitted to charges of mail fraud (18 USC, Chapter 63 – purposefully relieving someone of their money for a fraudulent enterprise via the postal service) and evasion of income taxes and will be sentenced in the coming weeks. Because mail fraud, while a “white collar” crime, is a federal offense, Reyes may be looking at a hefty fine and up to 20 years in federal prison.

latest news

October 5, 2022
9 Steps in a Criminal Defense Case

If you’re in a situation where you are facing criminal charges, the criminal process can be confusing. The justice system has specific steps they follow. Whether federal or state, the prosecuting attorney has the challenge of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That means obtaining an attorney from a reputable law firm that understands the […]

October 5, 2022
How Much Is a DUI in California?

A little night out with your friends is fine. A little sip of party bourbon won’t cause anyone any trouble. However, when all that little moments of sipping drinks add up, it could end up in a disaster. Dealing with a DUI conviction is not easy, and it could even cost you thousands of penalty […]

October 4, 2022
When Is It Considered Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the attempt to gain power over and control another human within the household through a wide range of abusive behavior. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, class, education, etc. It often involves physical abuse, and other types of abuse as well. Abusive relationships are too common, […]