Love & Money: Meet the wives whose husbands committed white-collar financial crimes

Love & Money is a MarketWatch series looking at how our relationship with money impacts our relationships with significant others, friends and family.

Lisa Lawler, 61, thought her husband’s affair was the final nail in the coffin for ending her 26-year marriage. Then, a month after he moved out in 2006, she learned he had embezzled $2.5 million from the health-care company he worked for in Massachusetts.

“I got a call from him saying, ‘You have to get home immediately,’ Lawler says. “I was afraid something happened to our son.”

She raced home and he sat her down to reveal the news.

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