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Former Fulbright Attorney Jailed for Expenses Fraud in London

March 02, 2012

A former partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (1126L) and his wife, who falsely claimed vacations, dinners and cosmetic treatments as business expenses, were sentenced to 16 months in prison by a U.K. court.

Graham Simkin and Zakia Sharif, who also worked in the law firm’s London office as director of administration, pleaded guilty to false accounting and fraud in January.

Sharif lied about her qualifications to get a job at the firm and went on to claim more than 100,000 pounds ($158,600) in expenses, according to U.K. prosecutors. She bought a range of luxury items including a souvenir photograph of boxer Muhammad Ali.

Simkin charged clients about 100,000 pounds for hospitality, some of which he never provided, prosecutors said in an e-mailed statement. The pair also claimed reimbursement for holidays they took together while the firm was unaware they were married. Sharif and Simkin worked for Fulbright between 2004 and 2008.

“Abusing a position of trust in this way makes it particularly serious,” said Sue Patten, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s central fraud group.

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