Former office manager at R.I. law firm charged with embezzling nearly $750,000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A former employee at a Rhode Island law firm will plead guilty to bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft charges according to documents signed and filed in federal court Wednesday.

Sarah Gaulin, 39, was previously employed at the law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen and Collins (HWAC). She is accused of embezzling more than $740,000 from her employer and fraudulently collecting nearly $20,000 in temporary disability insurance payments.

Gaulin allegedly defrauded HWAC of approximately $740,953 from at least January 2012 to May 2019.

In a separate instance, Gaulin submitted fraudulent bank statements to a Rhode Island bank as part of a mortgage application.

In yet another scheme, Gaulin fraudulently collected approximately $19,588 in temporary disability insurance payments from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, claiming she was unable to work due to injury or illness.

During this time – March 26, 2016 to July 23, 2016 and from May 5, 2018 to August 11, 2018, Gaulin was actually employed while collecting TDI benefits.

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