The e-mail that arrived in Robert Wakeman’s inbox in February 2009 should have been good news: The CEO of a Taiwanese manufacturing company wanted to retain his Albany, N.Y.-based law firm to chase down delinquent accounts.

But a year later, Lombardi, Walsh, Wakeman, Harrison, Amodeo & Davenport is facing the consequences of taking on that client. The purported CEO, “Albert Chang,” was actually a scam artist who tricked the firm into depositing a fake $384,700 check into its bank account and then wiring most of the sum overseas.

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