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John A. Haas (born c. 1903) was an American No-Maj man who worked as a bookkeeper for the Columbia Bank in New York in the 1920s.[1][2]

On 6 December 1926, Haas was arraigned in the Centre Street Police Court for the crime of defrauding the Columbia Bank of $121,000 along with his alleged accomplice, William Friend.[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] Another man, Joseph H. Friend, was also sought by police in relation to the case, having disappeared soon after hearing of Haas' dismissal from the Columbia Bank on December 2.[1][2] The case was reported in the 6 December 1926 issue of the New York Chronicle.[1]

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