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Your Fee’s Under the Table

My recent post about a possible notary entrapment elicited this story from a colleague:

I was positive I was being lured by a man who wanted to retain me for “various business deals” plus representation of his son in a criminal matter.  I quoted a fee (well in excess of $10,000 for all the facets) and he responded, “It’s such a hassle moving money from bank to bank to cover the fee. Is cash OK?”

I don’t know this guy from anyone, he can’t remember who referred him, and he doesn’t ask me about my credentials and experience. But he wants me to commit to accepting cash? I said, “No, sir. I’ll be happy to accept checks from different accounts so you’re not inconvenienced.”

The guy said he’ll get back to me, and never did! I figure he either wanted to launder money through me or somehow get me for accepting such a large sum of cash— maybe figuring that I wasn't going to report it?   No matter. My wife says that I can smell a dirty diaper from two rooms away, so you can be sure I smelled a rat on the phone.

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