Jonathan S. Dickstein, a former partner with Morrison & Foerster, has pleaded guilty to 31 felony counts stemming from a $400,000 scam he and his wife concocted based on their autistic son’s education and medical treatment, reports The Am Law Daily.
Jonathan Dickstein’s profile from his prior employer, Morrison & Foerster.
“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.
According to The Am Law Daily, Dickstein’s spouse — Barclay J. Lynn — also pleaded guilty to 31 counts, and was sentenced last month to one day in jail and received credit for time served.