PORTLAND, Ore.—A former Corvallis, Oregon attorney pleaded guilty these days for perpetrating a plan to defraud her clients and use their payments to fund personalized fees.
Megan Moeller, aka Megan Perry, 42, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and id theft.
In accordance to court docket documents, commencing in at least 2014, Moeller, whose lawful observe purportedly associated family legislation, divorce, baby custody and visitation, and adoption matters, knowingly and intentionally perpetrated a plan to defraud her customers by accepting payment for various legal services, failing to execute all those companies, working with fraudulent indicates to conceal her failure to accomplish the services, and utilizing the proceeds to fund her have particular expenses.
In one particular occasion, in June 2016, Moeller recognized payment from a customer in a kid visitation and assistance circumstance. Moeller falsely claimed to have drafted and served an order to present result in concerning the enforcement of parenting time to her client’s former spouse. In spite of Moeller’s claims to the opposite and her client’s repeated inquiries, the document was never received by the former partner. On March 23, 2017, Moeller furnished her client with a fraudulent affidavit of support of procedure and a fraudulent accredited mail receipt on which Moeller experienced knowingly cast the signature of her client’s previous husband or wife. Moeller also cast the signatures of a method server and a notary.
On March 1, 2018, Moeller submitted a Kind B resignation to the Oregon Condition Bar. It was accepted on April 5, 2018.
On April 29, 2022, Moeller was billed by superseding legal details with wire fraud and id theft.
Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 many years in federal jail, $250,000 wonderful and 3 several years supervised release. Identification theft is punishable by up to 15 a long time in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 yrs supervised release.
Moeller will be sentenced on August 4, 2022, in advance of U.S. District Courtroom Judge Robert E. Jones.
U.S. Legal professional Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon produced the announcement.
This scenario was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Services. It is staying prosecuted by Claire M. Fay, Assistant U.S. Legal professional for the District of Oregon.