Accountant Cops to Faking Filings to Hide Union Boss's Theft

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, is quoted in an article in Law360 discussing embezzlement and falsifying information charges against Salvatore Armao, the founder of Armao LLP. Armaro and his employee, Karen Auer, were charged in June 2018 for falsifying forms they filed in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for an unnamed union to allegedly attempt to cover the union president’s embezzlement from a benefit fund. According to Bruce, Armaro’s attorney, “Armao regrets the error and hopes U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick will see the infraction in the context of the accountant's otherwise "spotless" career over three decades.”

"This case comes down to a single error in judgment in an otherwise blameless professional life," Bruce said. "There is no claim that Sal Armao personally profited from the transaction, other than the modest fees he legitimately earned."

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