BARTOW | Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group in Lakeland has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., accusing it of accepting more than 500 stolen checks deposited in accounts of fake corporations with names similar to that of the medical group.
The checks were taken by Janet Thompson-McNeil, a former Clark & Daughtrey employee, the lawsuit said, and deposited in accounts opened by an accomplice.
The lawsuit, filed last week by Lakeland lawyer Jonathan B. Trohn, contends Chase was negligent by failing to confirm that the identity of the payee was the same as that of the account holder.
“Had Chase compared the name, tax ID number or address of the payee shown on the check with their account holder, the discrepancy would have been easily observed,” the suit said. “Furthermore, Chase failed to obtain a proper endorsement of the checks.”
Thompson-McNeil is accused of taking more than $800,000 from Clark & Daughtrey. She had worked as a reimbursement application analyst there.