Furniture Store Owner Charged with Multimillion-Dollar Bank Fraud

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Bill Suri, a/k/a “David Miller, 66, New York, New York the owner of a furniture company called Woodkraft International Inc. (Woodkfraft), has been charged with defrauding four banks-Citibank, Wachovia, North Fork, and HSBC-into providing Woodkraft with a total of approximately $2.1 million in loans and lines of credit.

According to the Indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court:

Between September 2002 and October 2006, Suri made a series of false statements in loan applications he submitted to the banks. Among other things, Suri repeatedly changed and operated Woodkraft under various names when applying for loans to different banks to conceal the Woodkraft’s true credit history. Suri also failed to disclose Woodkraft’s prior loans and credit lines to the banks. In addition, Suri concealed his ownership of Woodkraft from the banks and arranged for another individual (CC-1) to pose as the owner of the company. Suri and CC-1 also falsely represented that the loaned funds would be used to purchase additional inventory and new equipment for Woodkraft, when, in truth and in fact, the proceeds were to be used largely to pay Suri’s personal expenses and to repay the creditors of Woodkraft-related entities. Suri and CC-1 submitted financial statements to the banks that were purportedly prepared by an independent accountant, but which were really complete fabrications prepared by Suri‘s wife.

The Indictment charges Suri with bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy. If convicted on the charges, Suri faces a maximum sentence on each charge of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000,000 or twice the pecuniary loss or gain that resulted from the offense.

US Attorney Preet Bharara made the announcement and praised the investigative work of the FBI.

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