NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The former general
counsel for a Teamsters union has been indicted for defrauding
it of more than $200,000 by using forged receipts for
legal work and continuing legal education courses.
Kevin Clor, 40, who served as counsel for New York State
Thruway Employees Local 72 from 2001 to 2011, faces two counts
of grand larceny and multiple counts of possessing forged
documents and falsifying business records.
Clor pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Manhattan state
court before Acting Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman.
Between January 2006 and May 2011, prosecutors say that Clor
submitted about 150 forged receipts to the union. The receipts
included invoices for more than $100,000 in continuing legal
education courses that prosecutors say Clor never attended.
Prosecutors also have accused Clor of submitting more than
$22,000 in receipts for Thomson Reuters legal materials that he
"He went so far as to make up names of Thomson Reuters
employees," Assistant District Attorney Jose Fanjul told Berkman
on Wednesday during Clor's arraignment.
"The case against him is quite strong," Fanjul said. "Those
receipts were in fact fraudulent."
Clor's defense attorney, Jeremy Saland, told Berkman that
the prosecution's allegations were "filled with misinformation."
According to Saland, more than $37,000 in receipts were
submitted for legitimate services Clor received at a local UPS
Store in Buffalo, an assertion Saland said the store had
But prosecutors said Clor also has engaged in a broader
pattern of deception, even after he became aware of the
investigation into his finances. Fanjul accused him of
persuading others to write letters attesting to his good
character under false pretenses, claiming he needed them to help
him get a job, as part of plea negotiations with the district
Clor currently works at the beleaguered law firm Steven J. Baum P.C., which is in the process of shutting down after
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac barred loan servicers
from referring cases to the firm.
Saland said Clor is not employed at Baum as an attorney
but could not offer more details about his work there .
Berkman ordered Clor held on $75,000 bail, despite Saland's
pleas that Clor's cancer-stricken mother and autistic child
would suffer the consequences of his imprisonment.
Second-degree grand larceny, a Class C felony, carries up to
15 years in prison.
A spokesman for Thomson Reuters, which owns Thomson Reuters
News and Insight, did not return a call for comment.
Local 72 includes approximately 2,500 full- and part-time
employees of the New York State Thruway Authority, according to
the district attorney's office. A woman who answered the phone
at union headquarters would only say, "No comment."
The case is the People of New York v. Kevin Clor, New York
State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 5866-11.
For Clor: Jeremy Saland of Crotty Saland.
For the prosecution: Assistant District Attorney Jose Fanjul
of the New York County District Attorney's Office.
(Reporting By Joseph Ax)
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