A former attorney who surrendered her law license after she admitted she stole as much as $450,000 from the firm of Marks & Harrison has been indicted on eight felony embezzlement charges.
Kyle Cornelia Leftwich was charged last week by the Richmond Metropolitan Multijurisdictional Grand Jury, according to Assistant Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert J. Fierro Jr.
Fierro said arrangements are being made for Leftwich to turn herself in to Henrico County authorities. Fierro’s boss, Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney William W. Davenport, was named special prosecutor in the case and assigned it to Fierro.
Leftwich surrendered her license in September, and she was charged shortly thereafter in Hopewell, where Marks & Harrison has an office, Leftwich maintains a bank account and many of her clients lived.
However, the charge was withdrawn after Hopewell Circuit Judge Samuel E. Campbell concluded that he did not have jurisdiction over the case. Leftwich’s office was in Henrico.
Leftwich was a specialist in Social Security disability benefits. When the agency decides a case in favor of a claimant, it submits one check to the claimant and another directly to the attorney who represented him rather to a law firm, even if the attorney is employed by a firm.
Instead of depositing the checks in the firm’s account as her contract required her to do, Leftwich cashed the checks for her own use.
The amount stolen was in dispute, with the firm contending that she had taken more than $450,000 while she insisted it was less. She has repaid that amount, according to the law firm and her attorney, Richmond lawyer Craig S. Cooley.
Both the firm and Cooley emphasized that no client lost money as a result of the misappropriations.