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Gettysburg attorney stole $3M from clients, feds say

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A Gettysburg attorney has been charged with defrauding eight clients of more than $3 million since 2007.

Wendy Weikal-Beauchat, 46, was charged Monday with wire fraud and money laundering, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Beauchat was a member of a law firm in Gettysburg until February 2012. According to the firm's website, her area of concentration was estate planning and long-term care planning.

Beauchat allegedly misappropriated client funds to pay for her business and personal expenses, and concealed the fraud by providing clients with bogus Certificates of Deposit and IRS 1099 Interest Forms, Smith said.

The investigation is continuing in an effort to identify other clients who may have been victimized in Beauchat's scheme, Smith said.

Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner, who had referred the case to federal prosecutors, said alleged victims of the scheme included the elderly, a person suffering from dementia, and couples planning for their retirement.

Wagner said a plea agreement has been filed. He said it is his understanding that once Beauchat enters the plea, all victims will be contacted and the misappropriated funds will be ordered as restitution at sentence.


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