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Financial Fraud Law

How a Brokerage Firm’s Ex-CFO Stole $1 Million

 The former chief financial officer of the Manhattan-based brokerage firm Needham & Co. has admitted that he stole $1 million from his former employer through an elaborate false invoicing scheme.

Glen W. Albanese pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with conspiring to steal $1 million from Needham & Co. Two of Albanese’s conspirators, Vincent Sarubbi and Eric Siegel, previously pleaded guilty in connection with their roles in the scheme.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From 2000 through 2010, while he was employed as the CFO of Needham & Co., a broker-dealer with headquarters in New York, Albanese stole $1 million from the company through a false invoicing scheme. Albanese induced several vendors of Needham – including Data Source Partners, an information technology services company owned by Sarubbi, and S&R Graphic Company, a printing company where Siegel worked – to submit fraudulent invoices to Needham. Some of the fraudulent invoices charged for services that were never provided, while others inflated the amount due for services that were provided. Albanese approved the fraudulent invoices on behalf of Needham and then directed the vendors to send him the bulk of the illicit proceeds.

The vendors funneled the illicit proceeds to Albanese in a variety of ways. Albanese admitted that he directed Siegel to meet him at predetermined locations in Manhattan with envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash. He directed both Siegel and Sarubbi to pay his personal expenses directly. Siegel and Sarubbi used the proceeds from the scheme to pay for landscaping and interior decorating at Albanese’s residence; a designer-breed dog and “canine fence”; equestrian equipment; thousands of dollars’ worth of wine; and more than $40,000 in flights, hotels, and travel expenses.

The conspiracy count to which Albanese pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As part of the plea, Albanese agreed to pay restitution of $1 million to Needham. Sentencing is scheduled for February 25, 2014.

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