The former business manager of a Washington law firm was sentenced yesterday to serve 18 months in prison for stealing more than $730,000 from the firm.
William McNichols, 48, worked from 2001 to 2011 as the finance and business manager at Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold. From August 2004 to March 2011, prosecutors said, McNichols embezzled more than $630,000 from Trister and $101,000 from the Ross Yoon Agency, which was affiliated with the firm.
McNichols pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in March. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins sentenced him to serve 18 months in prison and ordered him to pay back money he stole. After he is released, McNichols will spend three years on supervised release.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, McNichols paid himself an excessive salary and gave himself checks from the firm and the Ross Yoon Agency to pay personal credit card bill and other expenses. He was accused of mailing the unauthorized checks to pay his bills.
McNichols’ attorney, Michelle Peterson of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, could not immediately be reached for comment. Firm partner Michael Trister also was not available today for comment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Schornstein prosecuted the case.