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Trial begins for former Baker & McKenzie partner

Martin Weisberg accused of diverting $1.6 million of client’s funds

As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, one former lawyer goes to trial today on charges that he diverted $1.6 million of one of his clients’ escrow funds.

Prosecutors charged Martin Weisberg, a former Baker & McKenzie partner, with 10 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering in 2008. They say he secretly put $30 million of one of his clients’ money in an interest-bearing account. The account earned him $1.6 million in interest over 14 months, and Weisberg allegedly transferred $1.3 million out of the account to repay another client.

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