Three legal eagles from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf have been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. for their alleged roles "with orchestrating a nearly four-year scheme to manipulate the firm's books to keep it afloat during the financial crisis" during which they "talked openly in emails about 'fake income,' 'accounting tricks' and their ability to fool the firm's 'clueless auditor,' the prosecutors said" as reported by Matthew Goldstein for The New York Times:
The indictment paints a portrait of a law firm being run like a criminal enterprise. Mr. Vance said his office had already secured guilty pleas from seven other people who once worked for Dewey. A person briefed on the investigation said several were cooperating with the two-year-old investigation.
It's ironic. The firm bears the name of mob buster Thomas Dewey who nailed Lucky Luciano in 1936 for controlling the largest prostitution ring uncovered in American history, and some may say that many lawyers these days are little more than common criminals.