MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An El Portal Village councilman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his former employer faced a judge Friday morning.

Prosecutors say Harold Mathis Junior stole more than $47,000 by using a Miami law firm’s credit card, forging the firm’s checks and stealing cash from a client’s fees over a couple of years.

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Mathis worked as a paralegal at a Brickell law firm.

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He faces more than 60 criminal charges.

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A judge ordered him held on an $84,000 bond.