She enjoyed the good life, including the usual multiple residences.
That's a typical downfall of so many in the legal sector, even administrative assistants. Perhaps they observe their executive clients who have so much wealth. Then they decide they too deserve that lifestyle.
In addition, Ravelo had an addiction problem. It was prescription drugs.
And that too is commonplace in the downward trajectory of lawyers. During the past decade of my career coaching, many of those who lost their licenses got caught in the cycle of some addiction. One told me that he figured out that booze had given him the grandiosity to assume he would never be caught embezzling. He spent two years in prison.
Today, U.S. District Judge in New Jersey Kevin McNulty sentenced Ravelo to 5 years in prison and then 2 of supervised release. Here are more details from Law.com.
She is 52 so, given her ingenuity, she can probably put together another career path. The odds are she will start working on that in prison, as Watergate lawyer Chuck Colson had. There he found his calling as a spiritual leader.
Her crime kept her busy. She made up fake litigation invoices billed to her former law firm employers and a client. Eventually that totaled $7.8 million.
From coaching lawyers, I have a hunch she derived enormous satisfaction pulling off that caper for so long.
Many lawyers value their creativity. Some regret going to law school instead of getting an advanced degree in fine arts. Scott Turow balanced all that. He succeeded both in law and becoming a brandname novelist.
Likely this tale ending in a prison sentence won't deliver a moral lesson. The current ethos seems to be you owe it to yourself to try to outsmart the law.
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