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

Attorney, wife both facing theft charges

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HOUSTON - An attorney, who had been suspended from practicing law, is accused of writing $9 million in checks to a bogus law firm to steal from the company where he worked, according to court documents.

Anthony Chiofalo, 51, was in charge of contracting with outside law firms to represent the company and approve payments for legal services.

According to court documents, Chiofalo and his wife, Susan Chiofalo, are charged with aggregate 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.

The documents found during the search of the couple's Spring home linked both to the fictitious law firm, the document states.

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