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Fryar, mother ask judge to overturn guilty verdicts

Alleging a “miscarriage of justice,” attorneys for former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are urging a judge to  either overturn a jury’s verdicts convicting the two in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud or grant a new trial.

Motions filed by the defense in Superior Court in Mount Holly late last week say the convictions came despite a lack of evidence and because of prosecutorial misconduct.

Delio Coutinho, 73, loan officer, Woodbridge, New Jersey was sentenced to 36 months in prison for his role in a large-scale short sale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.  Coutinho previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  Continue Reading…

Irving Fryar, a former player with the Philadelphia Eagles, and his 74 year old mother, Allene McGhee, were recently convicted in a mortgage fraud case after a federal jury trial. Fryar was interviewed by Vai Sikahema of NBC News after his conviction.

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Irving Fryar and mother convicted in mortgage scheme

Former Philadelphia Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were found guilty Friday of charges of conspiracy and theft by deception stemming from a $1.2 million mortgage scheme that prosecutors said victimized seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia in 2009.

Fryar, a Pro Bowl wide receiver who retired from the NFL in 2001 after playing for 17 years with four teams, and his mother, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, showed no emotion as a jury in Mount Holly announced the verdict after more than 11 hours of deliberation.

Christopher Colatrella, 43, Wall Township, New Jersey was sentenced to 5 years in state prison after pleading guilty to 2nd Degree Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity (Money Laundering) related to an investigation that involved mortgage fraud, theft by deception and money laundering. Christopher Colatrella’s brother John Colatrella, 52, Long Branch, New Jersey was sentenced to 2 years probation for 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception. John Colatrella’s daughter Alexis Colatrella, 29, Wall Township, New Jersey was admitted into Pre-Trial Intervention for her role obtaining fraudulent mortgages.

The investigation involved over $2 million in fraudulent loans for townhouses located in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The criminal activity resulted in a financial benefit totaling over $740,000 from fraudulent mortgages and the proceeds were inserted and laundered through multiple personal and business accounts.

Charges against Martin D’Amato, Clara Cara, Dolores Cittadino and Vincent Veritas were dismissed as part of the plea agreement

Kenneth Sweetman, 34, Nutley, New Jersey, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme involving multiple properties in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Sweetman previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court: Continue Reading…

Opening arguments completed in trial of Fryar, mom

Did former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother conspire to defraud banks and a mortgage company of more than $1 million? Or were they the victims of a “con man” who was sent to federal prison for his role in the case?

Based on opening arguments Wednesday at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly, that is what jurors will consider during the trial, which is expected to last a few weeks.


Prosecutor lays out Irving Fryar’s alleged scam

When ex-Eagle Irving Fryar needed money in 2008 and 2009, a financial adviser now serving time in federal prison told him about a scheme they could use to defraud banks, New Jersey Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo said in opening arguments at Fryar’s trial in Mount Holly on Wednesday.

By applying for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession, and using one property as collateral, the two men could obtain money that banks normally would not approve, Nicodemo told the jurors. “One bank will never know about the others, and you get a whole bunch of money using one property for all of the loans,” he said.

Adam Lacerda, 31, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, was sentenced to 324 months in prison for his role in a $3 million conspiracy to scam customers by offering phony consulting services to owners of timeshares through the New Jersey-based Vacation Ownership Group LLC. Lacerda was convicted in September 2013 of one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, nine counts of mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud flowing a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden, New Jersey federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence presented at trial: Continue Reading…

Randy Poulson, 44, Woolwich Township, New Jersey admitted scamming distressed homeowners into giving him their houses and then soliciting fake real estate investments from private investors – secured by those same properties – that netted him more than $3 million in illicit profits.  He pled guilty to Count One of an indictment charging him with mail fraud.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court: Continue Reading…