Above: A cat, who might be Tobias, hittin' the books.
"When Tobias F. Schaeffer of Providence, R.I., became a member of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers, it never entered his mind that he would become embroiled in a lawsuit in Federal court for fraud.
Actually, it is his roommate, Roy C. Schaeffer, who is being sued. Tobias, (the F stands for Feline) is an 8-year-old black and grey tabby. He was listed in the group's directory in 1986 and 1987, says Roy C. Schaeffer, a 55-year-old appraiser who signed Tobias F. Schaeffer up for membership in the group based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
'We'd received a number of invitations that virtually offered immediate appraisal certification,' Mr. Schaeffer the appraiser said. 'To test it out, I sent $85 for Toby, who had no other qualifications. In a couple of weeks he had a gold-embossed certificate. He even got a window sticker which I mounted over his litter box.'"