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New Jersey Assemblyman sets bad example by making a statement without an attorney April 15, 2009

Posted by whitecollarcrimenews in News.
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I don’t know Anthony Chiappone and I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but I have to seriously question what he is thinking because he plans on talking to the AG’s office without an attorney.  I am sure he knows plenty of attorneys.  I don’t care how innocent you think you are; going it alone is just a bad move.

Chiappone is not charged, just under investigation for forgery.  Several former and current aides called him yesterday to say that they were visited by state AG detectives who showed them copies of canceled checks and asked them to verify their signatures. 

In my opinion, this is bad news.  You can make one mistake, but as far as the authorities go, if you do something several times, it is a crime.  I think there is a good chance that he will be charged.  The fact that they went to these other people first show that they are working to build a case and not investigate if something happened. 

I really hope he re-thinks his actions.

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