New York Attorney Charged with Theft of Client Real Estate Funds

Allison Tussey —  November 3, 2005 — Leave a comment

Dennis Vourderis, 50, attorney, Staten Island, New York was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of stolen property. Vourderis, whose license to practice law has already been suspended in New York is accused of bilking over $155,000 from two clients and cashing two forged checks stolen from a Staten Island real estate firm.

On December 14, 2004, Vourderis represented a 51 year old male resident of West New Brighton, New York in the refinancing of the victim’s home with a loan of approximately $190,000. The defendant was to pay-off the victim’s first mortgage valued at approximately $135,000 and a second mortgage valued at approximately $37,000; with the victim receiving $7,000. The defendant is alleged to have only paid the $37,000 mortgage in September 2005, while neither paying the first mortgage nor refunding the balance of approximately $150,000 to the victim. As a result of the alleged actions of the defendant, the victim’s home is currently in foreclosure.

The defendant is also alleged to have stolen $5,400 from a 36 year old male who had retained his representation on January 20, 2005 to facilitate the closing of the sale of his residence in the Port Richmond section of the borough. The victim provided the defendant with $6,000 to be held in escrow and ultimately to be dispersed in the amount of $5,300 to pay outstanding debts of the victim; with $700 ultimately to be released back to the custody of the victim. The defendant is alleged to have only paid $600 of the outstanding debts and failed to refund the victim the remaining balance.

In May of 2005, while utilizing desk space within a real estate brokerage located in the Pleasant Plains section of the borough, Vourderis is alleged to have deposited two checks, in the amounts of $67,000 and $68,000, from accounts belonging to the real estate firm, that were reported to be stolen and forged by the holder of the accounts.

Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr.stated, “Dennis Vourderis is alleged in this complaint to have betrayed the fiduciary responsibility placed in him by his clients, by purposely misappropriating, for his personal use, the funds remitted to him for financial transactions. As a result of these actions three individuals are facing serious financial issues and one victim is even facing bank foreclosure of his home.”

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