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Crowell & Moring lawyers puzzled by colleague’s theft

Douglas Arntsen stole roughly $4 million from client’s escrow account

It’s always the quiet ones, so the saying goes. Crowell & Moring lawyers recently were shocked to learn that one of the law firm’s kindest, seemingly average employees was hiding a dark secret.

On Sept. 12, 33-year-old real estate lawyer Douglas Arntsen—who lives in a modest home on Staten Island, N.Y., with his wife and daughter—unexpectedly quit his job at Crowell & Moring, where he had worked since 2007 and had a reputation for being a quiet, friendly, hard-working employee. Oddly enough, his resignation coincided with one of the firm’s clients, Regal Real Estate, discovery that $4 million was missing from one of its escrow accounts maintained by the firm.

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