Receptionist banned for hiding loss of £520
11 May 2018
The SRA has banned a legal receptionist from the profession after she lost client cash and tried to cover it up by falsifying a bank paying-in slip.
Bria Faun worked as a receptionist for Cheshire firm Dixon Rigby Keogh. In July 2017 the firm sent her to the bank with four cheques and £520.48 in cash to pay into the client account. When she arrived at the bank, she discovered that she had somehow misplaced the wad of money. She paid the cheques into the bank and headed back to the office to frantically search for the missing money, but to no avail.
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Rather than inform DRK, the panicked receptionist wrote on the firm's copy of the bank paying-in slip that she had paid in the money along with the cheques. The firm spotted that the account was short and quizzed Fraun, but she kept digging and claimed that there must have been a bank error.
DRK continued to investigate and in August 2017 hauled Faun into a disciplinary meeting. She finally fessed up and admitted that she'd lost the cash and falsified the bank paying-in slip. The firm fired Faun and replaced the missing money in the client account.
The SRA has now heard the matter and Faun admitted to the authority that she did falsify the slip. The SRA said that her dishonest conduct in covering up her mistake meant that she could not be trusted to work in a law firm. In a settlement agreement, the SRA has barred Faun from working at a law firm and ordered that she pay the SRA's costs of £300.
Dixon Rigby Keogh did not respond to a request for a comment.