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Patricia Cornwell sues former accountants

21st October 2009

Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell is suing her former business advisers in an effort to track down her missing millions, it has been reported.

The writer's lawyer told the Daily Beast news website that she has lost around USD 40 million (GBP 24 million) because of the alleged negligence of financial management firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP.

Cornwell, whose most recent novel is The Scarpetta Factor, also claims that the company mishandled the finances of her spouse Staci Gruber.

'Patricia has found this process to be very distracting and upsetting, but I think she has some level of comfort knowing that the lawsuit has been filed and is now in the hands of the court,' Joan Lukey, the author's attorney, told the publication.

In the lawsuit, Cornwell alleges that the company ignored her instructions to 'invest conservatively', as well as accusing it of a range of misdeeds such as mishandling rental properties and tax returns.

When quizzed about the case by the Daily Beast, Anchin executive Evan Snapper declined to comment.

The Scarpetta Factor, which was published yesterday (October 20th), follows protagonist Dr Kay Scarpetta as she struggles to solve 'unthinkable' crimes, while being pressured into launching her own television programme.

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