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Lawyer accused of stealing $9 million through fake law firm

Anthony Chiofalo reportedly created fictitious corporation, used cash for comic books and memorabilia

Talk about an alternative fee arrangement: Attorney Anthony Chiofalo is accused of using a fake law firm to pay himself $9 million for legal services that were never rendered.

Tadano America Corp., a Houston-based hydraulic crane manufacturer, hired Chiofalo as its head of legal affairs and human resources in January 2009. His duties included hiring and paying outside counsel, and he seemed to perform these tasks admirably, shelling out more than $9 million to the law firm of Maio & Cardenas in 2011.

Alanna Byrne

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