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Woman charged with stealing from law firm

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A former law firm employee is out of the Henry County Jail on bond, after being arrested for allegedly stealing money from the firm.

Angela Marie Miller, 30, of McDonough, is charged with four counts of theft by taking. Her charges were bound over to Henry County Superior Court Thursday, prior to her scheduled appearance in Magistrate Court on Friday, according to Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin.

Miller was employed, until her arrest, in the billing department of the Power, Jaugstetter & Futch law firm, at 108 Atlanta Street in McDonough. According to a warrant application for her arrest, completed by McDonough Police Detective Chris Morris, she took $1,500 in retainer fees from the firm between Feb. 1, and April 1, 2010.

"She ... unlawfully appropriated cash that was paid as retainer fees by clients ... with the intention of depriving said law firm of the same," Morris wrote in the application.

Miller, Detective Morris said, took $500 in fees from two separate clients, and $100 in fees from a third individual, all on, or around, March 26. She also reportedly took $400 from a fourth client's retainer fees in February.

Additional information regarding the charges against Miller were unavailable from McDonough Police on Friday. Attorney information for Miller could not be verified.

Warren Power, a partner in the law firm, said Miller worked there for more than a year, prior to her arrest. Power did not elaborate on the case against the former employee.

"Because it is an ongoing case, I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment at this time," Power said.

Miller was released from the Henry County Jail Thursday on $1,050 bond, according to records from the jail.