CPA Sues Craigslist Over Online Smear Ads

A Queens, N.Y., CPA is suing Craigslist after two ads accused him of wrongdoing.

Accountant Leo Kehoe says it will take $4 million to even the balance sheet after he was anonymously smeared on Craigslist March 5, the New York Post reported. He is seeking $1 million in damages for each of the two counts against Craigslist and each of the two counts against whoever posted the ads, court documents say.

One ad on the site was headlined, “CPA FRAUD ALERT! (BEWARE OF CROOK),” and went on to say Kehoe “has been associated with TAX EVATION and falsifying records . . . Warn everyone you know.”

The posts have since been removed; in their place are glowing reviews. According to the article, Kehoe has been licensed as a CPA in New York since 1991 and state records show has had no disciplinary action against him.