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Not Guilty Plea In Law Firm Fraud Case

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 320

UPDATED A Galesburg woman accused of essentially stealing money from the law firm she worked at has pleaded not guilty.

Knox County Circuit Court records indicate 36-year-old Jennifer Brown made the plea yesterday to two felony counts of theft along with four felony counts of forgery.

Brown, through Public Defender Karl Johnson, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing and asked for a trial by jury.  However, after the hearing, it was learned that Brown changed her mind and asked for a trial by judge.

Brown turned herself in late last year, after prosecutors said then she allegedly wrote fraudulent checks from an account she had access to while employed by Kimberly Norton’s law office.

Prosecutors have since said that Brown allegedly cashed more than $40-thousand in checks, starting at least late last summer.

Special Prosecutor Chuck Zalar has been appointed to the case, as Brown is a former employee of the Knox County State’s Attorney office, who among others claimed sexual harassment before resigning seven years ago.

A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled in Brown’s case for late in April. It’s not clear when a bench trial would start.