Mental Health Exam Sought In Theft Case

A lawyer representing a paralegal accused of stealing more than 100-thousand dollars from a Norristown law firm where she worked is seeking a psychiatric examination for his client.

Defense Attorney Elliott Goldberg wants 49-year-old Kathy Foer-Morse of Spring City transferred from Montgomery County Prison to the Norristown State Hospital.  He says she is upset and crying and her emotional condition is deteriorating.  She is awaiting trial for theft, forgery and related offenses.  An internal audit conducted after the High Swartz law firm fired her earlier this year revealed that she wrote 12 unauthorized checks to herself and put them in her personal bank account.  Detectives learned that she was out on bail awaiting sentencing for stealing from a New York City law firm where she had worked previously, and she was using the money stolen from the Norristown law firm to pay restitution in the New York case.  She is also charged with making false reports to law enforcement for claiming a male prisoner assaulted her in a district judge’s holding cell.