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John A. Haas worked for this bank as a bookkeeper until his dismissal on 2 December 1926. He was arraigned four days later, along with alleged accomplice William Friend, for the crime of defrauding the bank of $121,000. Mayer and Brown, the detectives in charge of the case, stated they had never seen such a "slovenly, almost unbelievably simple" system of forging accounting records to hide fraud as that used by Haas and Friend. The case was reported on in the 6 December 1926 issue of the New York Chronicle.
Behind the scenes
- The text of the article mentioning the Columbia Bank in the prop issue of the New York Chronicle featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was taken from the real 21 November 1922 issue of The Evening World. This represents an anachronism, as the film is set in 1926, but the actual events referenced occurred in 1922.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned in a newspaper)
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