February 9, 2017

Things lawyers probably shouldn't do

ABA Journal - A partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld who used a fake name and wore a wig was arrested last week while trying to sell a copy of a sealed whistleblower complaint to a company under federal investigation, according to the FBI.

The FBI said lawyer Jeffrey Wertkin hoped to collect $310,000 in the lawsuit sale, Bloomberg Big Law Business reports. Akin Gump “took swift action” after learning about the arrest and Wertkin is no longer with the firm, according to a spokesperson.

Wertkin was arrested on Jan. 31 at a hotel in Cupertino, California. He apparently believed he was selling the suit to an employee of a company being investigated for falsely billing the government. “My life is over,” Wertkin reportedly told an FBI agent who arrested him. He is free on $750,000 bond.

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