Secretary accused of stealing from Newport News law firm since 2014

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News law secretary finds herself on the other side of the law.

Christine Harrison, 49, is accused of stealing from her employer.

Harrison worked for years as the secretary of Short and Short, a law firm in the Denbigh area of the city.

According to court records, she had access to the firm’s bank account.

On Monday the longtime employee was arrested.  Police say suspicion began in early August when the owner of the firm noticed that Harrison wrote a $500 bonus to herself right before she went on vacation.  He told detectives no one from the firm authorized any bonuses.

Court documents say Harrison even forged the boss’s signature on the check before wiring the money into her account.

Just days later, police went back to the law firm with a search warrant.  That’s when they say they discovered the embezzling has gone back to 2014.  According to the court paperwork there were money transfers for $750, $600, $300, $600 and $398.  The total amount was just under $4,200.

Harrison answered the door of her Chesapeake home, but didn’t want to talk about the allegations.

Police say Harrison admitted she wired money out of the firm’s account into her personal account.  None of the wire transfers were authorized by the business.

Harrison faces eight counts of forgery and 10 counts of embezzlement. 

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