Former Augusta law firm office manager indicted on bank fraud charges

A former office manager at an Augusta law office faces 30 counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly siphoning off more than $60,000.

Richard Lee Owen II was named in the federal indictment returned Wednesday. An arraignment date has not been set.

Owen worked for the Victor Hawk law firm for seven years as the office manager. According to the indictment, between January 2010 and July 2012, Owen is accused of forging and stealing deposits that were supposed to go to clients after lawsuits were settled.

Hawk said Friday that through insurance coverage and personal financial accounts, his firm was able to protect all clients.

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