In the back of the room, Albert J. Meyer shook his head, as if in disagreement.
In a subsequent conversation, Meyer told the Law Tribune that he's a former inhouse counsel for a supermarket chain, but isn't a Connecticut lawyer. He currently works as an auditor of legal billings for Chubb Insurance in Simsbury. "I had no idea my wife was involved in this. I didn't know until after Blumenthal made his initial investigation into this, and the whole thing stopped," he said.
Albert Meyer found the prosecution surprising. "It amazes me that the government is spending this much time and money on this thing," he said.
Meyer said he had only recently seen the manual explaining gifting tables, "about how you train people and how everybody loves everybody. [It says] these were gifts and that's it."
He said he didn't know how he would have advised his wife, if he'd known about this from the beginning. "I'm not a tax lawyer. I send the taxes out an accountant which I am not."