On November 20, 2017, Keila Ravelo, a former law firm partner, pled guilty to conspiring to defraud two New York law firms.  Ravelo pled guilty to an indictment charging her with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion.  From 2008 through July 2014, Ravelo and her husband, Melvin Feliz, conspired to defraud two law firms by forming two limited liability companies which purported to provide litigation support to the law firms.  In her capacity as a law firm partner, Ravelo approved payments to both companies for approximately $7.8 million.  Ravelo and Feliz controlled the companies’ bank accounts and submitted invoices to the law firms.  The payments approved to the companies were later used by Ravelo and Feliz for personal expenses.  Further, Ravelo and Feliz failed to report the fraudulent earnings on their tax returns.  Ravelo’s plea follows the August 2015 guilty plea by her husband for one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion.  Ravelo will be sentenced on March 5, 2018.  She faces up to 20 years in prison, as well as fines and penalties.  U.S. v. Ravelo, 15-cr-00576 (D.N.J.)

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