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William Friend was an American No-Maj man who worked for the auctioneering firm J. & W. Friend in New York in the 1920s.[1][2]

Friend was arrested in Brooklyn on 18 November 1916 for morphine possession.[1][2] The case went to the Court of Special Sessions.[1][2]

On 6 December 1926, Friend was arraigned in the Centre Street Police Court with alleged accomplice John Haas for the crime of defrauding the Columbia Bank of $121,000.[1][2] Haas worked for the bank as a bookkeeper prior to his 2 December dismissal.[1][2] 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.[1][2] Friend was released on $50,000 bail a few hours after his arrest.[1][2] He pleaded in court on the night of 5 December that he had nothing to do with the theft of the money from Columbia Bank.[1][2] Another man, Joseph H. Friend, was also sought by police in connection with the case.[1][2] The case was reported in the 6 December 1926 issue of the New York Chronicle.

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