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As young boys Jack* and his cousin Andrew* were very close, but over the years they lost touch. Jack married, had two children and had saved money for his daughter’s college education; meanwhile, his cousin had chosen a darker path. Jack read in the newspaper that Andrew had been arrested on felony charges. Family members contacted Jack about posting bail money for his cousin. Jack decided to loan him $37,000 in college savings, thinking it was temporary financial help.

Unexpectedly, Andrew pled guilty to the charges and Jack’s loaned money was signed over to the attorneys. “This was after Andrew fraudulently encouraged (with a check that was later canceled) my client, Jack, to not go to the court appearance,” explained Kerri Kovalesky ’13, who worked in the School of Law’s Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic and represented Jack.

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