``Nearly 700 workers -- just under 600 from Pillar Processing, a document processing firm he started years ago, and about 90 lawyers from his firm -- will be out of a job when Baum's firm shuts its doors. The Baum-fueled pink slips could boost the jobless rate in Buffalo's Erie County area to nearly 7.4 percent from 7.2 percent.'' -- There may be a lesson in here to municipalities about having fraud-based economies...

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