Attorney accused of creating fake law firm, paying himself $9 million, returns to Houston

Attorney Anthony Chiofalo, wife face felony theft charges

Published On: Jan 04 2013 07:38:17 AM CST
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HOUSTON -

An attorney accused of creating a fake law firm and writing himself $9 million in bogus checks returned to Houston.

Anthony Chiofalo, 51, was booked into the Harris County Jail late Thursday night.

Chiofalo was in charge of contracting with outside law firms to represent the company where he worked and approve payments for legal services. According to court documents, Chiofalo and his wife, Susan Chiofalo, are charged with felony theft. Investigators said the couple created a fake law firm and stole about $9 million.

The couple has been accused of spending some of the money on numerous paintings, sculptures, artwork, photographs, collectibles, comic books and memorabilia, according to court documents.

Officials said documents found during a search of the couple's Spring home linked both to the fictitious law firm.

Chiofalo fled to Rhode Island after he was released from the Harris County jail on bond in June, officials said. He turned himself in weeks ago, according to an attorney.