- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A disbarred attorney who authorities say stole $9 million from his employer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Houston Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1us6fMj ) Anthony Chiofalo bought valuable collectibles, including a first-edition Batman comic book worth $900,000, with the money he embezzled. He was sentenced Monday.

Authorities say Chiofalo took the money while working in Houston for Tadano America Corp., a subsidiary of a Japanese company that manufactures large cranes.

He had been a New York attorney but was disbarred. Prosecutors say Chiofalo set up dummy law firms as part of his scheme.

Lonnie Blevins, an ex-investigator with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted Chiofalo, was later arrested, accused of selling some of the comic books seized in the case. Blevins’ case is pending in federal court.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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