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Former Morrison & Foerster Partner Pleads Not Guilty to Grand Theft, Forgery, Insurance Fraud

Lynn, Kamala Harris
Jonathan S. Dickstein, a former partner with Morrison & Foerster,
pleaded not guilty in a San Francisco Superior Court to allegation of
bilking the San Francisco School District and Blue Cross (Morrison &
Foerster’s insurance provider). Dickstein and his wife, Barclay J.
Lynn, were arrested last month and charged with 31 felony counts,
including grand theft, forgery, insurance fraud, and conspiracy.

According to the “PressRoom” of San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala
Devi Harris, court documents provide that “Dickstein and Lynn sent
invoices seeking “reimbursement” from the San Francisco Unified School
District for special education services provided to their son by a
company called “Puzzle Pieces.” Documents filed with the court allege
that “Puzzle Pieces” was actually a fictitious business name created by
Dickstein and Lynn themselves, and that Dickstein and Lynn went to great
lengths to hide that they were Puzzle Pieces.”

“These parents, in essence, are charged with creating an elaborate scheme to defraud the school district, Blue Cross, and a private law firm to make money off of their child’s special needs,” said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris. “Stealing funds from a school district is unconscionable. Particularly in this era of decimated school budgets, it is crucial that we safeguard funds meant to educate our City’s children,” Harris Stated.

Jonathan Dickstein
Jonathan Dickstein’s profile at Morrison & Foerster. Dickstein is
accused of “double dipping” by seeking payment from the School District
and their insurance company at the same time.

Kamala Harris also wished to acknowledge the excellent work of lead
District Attorney Investigator Matt Irvine and Assistant District
Attorney, Marc Katz, who put this case together.” “I also want to thank
the San Francisco Unified School District, Anthem Blue Cross, and
Morrison & Foerster for their cooperation and assistance,” District
Attorney Harris said.

In a recent motion filed with the court, the defendants sought to keep
an arrest affidavit under seal for fear it will contaminate the jury
pool.

Dickstein, not surprisingly, departed form Morrison & Foerster few
months ago.

Was the delay in arresting and prosecuting the couple an election ploy
on the part of Harris?

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Leslie Brodie is a reporter, writer, blogger, activist, and a religious leader in the community.

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