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A lawyer may have stolen $15k from Horry County firm before leaving town, report says

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A lawyer took more than $15,000 from a local firm before bolting town, victims told Horry County police.

On Wednesday, a Horry County police officer responded to the Murray Law Firm on Inlet Square Drive in Murrells Inlet for the reported theft.

A victim said he employed a lawyer who took more than $10,000 from the business, according to an incident report. The employee — who is not named in the report — worked for the firm for a decade and left last summer.

After the person left, lawyers noticed several signs that money might have been taken, the report states. One example was when a customer asked if they should make a check to the law firm or an individual person.

The law firm asked an accountant to review the firm’s financial records. It was determined the former employee may have taken more than $15,000 from the business, according to an incident report.

Firm officials spoke to the alleged thief who said the issue was the fault of his ex-wife and he would pay restitution, the report states. However, the suspect stopped responding and moved to Greenville after leaving the firm.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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