HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania attorney has been charged with defrauding eight clients out of more than $3 million since 2007, and court records show she has agreed to plead guilty.
A Justice Department press release says an investigation is continuing to determine if other clients have been victimized by 46-year-old Wendy Weikal-Beauchat (WY'-kel BOO'-shay).
According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Gettysburg attorney agreed to be disbarred in February and online federal court records show she signed an agreement last month to plead guilty to the charges announced Monday. A court date hasn't been set.
According to federal authorities, the lawyer's practice involved estate and long-term care planning. She allegedly stole her clients' money, and hid that by sending clients bogus certificates of deposit and federal tax forms that falsely showed interest the accounts were earning.