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Dallas Law Firm Target of Whistleblower Burglary?

KDFW reported over the weekend that a pair of burglars broke into the law offices of Schulman & Mathias and made off with three computers and files related to a whistleblower suit alleging serious misconduct in the State Department.

Foreign Policy magazine, not the normal purveyor of local crime news, gave this report:

The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and its contractors ranging from illicit drug use, soliciting sexual favors from minors and prostitutes and sexual harassment.

“It’s a crazy, strange and suspicious situation,” attorney Cary Schulman told The Cable. “It’s clear to me that it was somebody looking for information and not money. My most high-profile case right now is the Aurelia Fedenisn case, and I can’t think of any other case where someone would go to these great lengths to get our information.”

According to the KDFW report, the firm was the only suite burglarized in the high-rise office building and an unlocked office adjacent was left untouched.

The State Department, which has repeatedly disputed Fedenisn’s allegations, denied any involvement in the incident. “Any allegation that the Department of State authorized someone to break into Mr. Schulman’s law firm is false and baseless,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

After assessing the surveillance footage, Schulman said he believed the motivations were likely political, but did not suspect department involvement. “It wasn’t professional enough,” he said. “It is possible that an Obama or Hillary supporter feels that I am unfairly going after them. And the timing of this is right after several weeks of very public media attention so it seems to me most likely that the information sought is related to that case. I don’t know for sure and I want the police to do their work.”

Fedenisn’s case, in particular, has gained attention not just because of the substance of the allegations, but for her insistence that internal investigations into misconduct were “influenced, manipulated or simply called off” by senior State Department officials. The suppression of investigations was noted in an early draft of an Inspector General report she gave to CBS News, but softened in the final version.

  • Legal Eagle

    Under any other circumstance, I would think there may be something there. Except in this instance it’s Cary Schulman. This was in all likelihood a publicity job by Schulman.

    We are talking about an attorney that is a defendant in lawsuit after lawsuit for not paying his bills (incl. not paying an interpreter). He is often the subject of ethical complaints.

    Schulman probably did this himself, made a report, and is now trying to get some free publicity out of it to drum up more whistleblower suits.

    Nothing to see here.

  • Terry

    That’s funny. Just today a bunch of us were out shopping for an attorney to represent us as whistleblowers, and we were wracking our brains trying to figure out in whose hands our files were most likely to disappear. So thanks for the tip. After this revelation, Cary Schulman is obviously the man best suited to all our needs.