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The Vigilant Investor by Pat HUDDLESTON

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5Affinity Fraud and the Evil Twin

How Someone Who Looks a Lot Like You Is Plotting to Take Your Nest Egg

You cannot serve both God and money.

—JESUS

When clients walked into Frank Castaldi’s modest office on Cumberland Avenue in Norridge, Illinois, they often got a friendly kiss on both cheeks. Castaldi was a fixture of the Italian American community in suburban Chicago as the owner of Vitangelo’s Pizza and Restaurant and Cumberland Accounting Services. He attended his clients’ birthday and anniversary parties and never failed to bring a lavish gift to the weddings of their children or grandchildren. They considered him a friend.

As a tax preparer, Castaldi was in a position to know the financial wherewithal of his clients. They trusted him because ...

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