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The law caught up with lawyers and spouses Alfred Porro Jr. and Joan Porro. Until a federal jury convicted the Porros in March of stealing trust funds, lying to banks and evading taxes, the couple had fire walked through previous investigations. A federal judge in New Jersey ordered the couple into custody recently because he suspected they might flee the country. Prosecutors said that the couple had been caught trying to replace passports seized by the government and stood to make $15 million from the sale of a parcel of land. Alfred Porro was sentenced to six years in prison, Joan Porro drew five. Prosecutors also showed how fraud pervaded the couple’s marriage. In 1983, Alfred Porro concocted a fraudulent divorce from his first wife, also named Joan, to hide marital assets. Strangely, she knew nothing about it, even though he married his second wife in 1984, because he continued to live with his first wife and filed joint tax returns with her. When the Internal Revenue Service caught up with him in 1986, his first wife got the bogus divorce overturned.

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