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.

Mathis worked as a paralegal at a Brickell law firm.

He faces more than 60 criminal charges.

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