Virginia Lawyer Facing Action After Legal Secretary Caught Up In Embezzlement Case

A Virginia lawyer faces disciplinary action following an embezzlement case involving his legal secretary. Gordon Shapiro of Roanoke, will appear before the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary board on April 26. The State Bar alleges that Shapiro failed to supervise his secretary, Amy Padgett, who admitted to embezzling over $225,000 from the firm. Shapiro, who has retired, maintains that he was unaware of the misconduct and cooperated fully with the investigation. The firm has been placed in receivership as authorities assess the financial impact of Padgett’s actions on clients. Padgett meanwhile, awaits sentencing. She faces a maximum of 55 years in prison.