Gadfly Abraham Briloff (left) helped expose infamous San Diego accounting scandals such as C. Arnholt Smith’s (right) U.S. National Bank debacle.

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Famous San Diego characters: C. Arnholt Smith

The man known as Mr. San Diego

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How They Played the Accounting Game

C. Arnholt Smith's four accounting firms in four years

The bank’s loans to Smith associates vastly exceeded bank regulators’ limits on insider transactions. The United States Comptroller of the Currency said the bank’s muddle of Smith-related transactions was “self-dealing run riot.”


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