Charles A. Bennett, 56, Manhattan, New York, was arrested on securities and wire fraud charges stemming from his scheme to defraud over 30 investors of more than $5 million through a Ponzi scheme that he perpetrated for more than five years.
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Octavio Lombardo, a/k/a Otto Lombardo, 67, was arrested on wire fraud charges stemming from his advance fee loan scheme, which allegedly defrauded victims of more than $1 million.
Mohammed Rafikian, aka Mo Kian, 54, Queens, New York, has been re-sentenced to a term of 16 to 50 years in prison after being tried again and re-convicted of holding himself out as an attorney and a registered investment advisor and then stealing $5 million from seven individuals through fraudulent real estate and capital investment transactions.
Brandon Lynn Barber, 38, New York, New York, was sentenced to 65 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and money laundering for his role in providing false and fraudulent financial information and statements to Lenders in connection with loans to finance real property developments.
Andrew Daniel, 48, Brentwood, New York, has been arrested for allegedly posing as a real estate agent in a scheme that defrauded an investor of nearly $200,000 in down payments for numerous properties.
Steve Weinstock, Roslyn Heights, New York, an attorney, has been arrested for allegedly stealing $720,000 held in an escrow account, as well as selling an East Hills, New York, property owned in the name of his law firm and pocketing over $700,000 in proceeds.
Melanie Ferreira, 62, Lagrangeville, New York, was sentenced to 51 months in prison following her conviction for engaging in a series of frauds, which included cheating the Internal Revenue Service out of nearly half a million dollars, and perpetrating a bank fraud scheme wherein she caused a forged cashier’s check to pay off her mortgage.
Darrell Beatty, 49, Queens, New York, has been charged with illegally transferring the deed of an elderly woman’s home into his own name and then moving into the house.
Matthew Wada, 36, New York, New York, and Jennifer York, 27, Suffern, New York, have been indicted for engaging in an apartment rental scam that defrauded more than 20 victims – many of whom were moving to New York City for the first time – out of approximately $60,000 dollars.
Selim Zherka, 46, Somers, New York, was indicted by a federal grand jury in White Plains for submitting multiple false loan applications to banks, tax fraud, wire fraud, and witness tampering. Zherka allegedly obtained over $146 million in loans from three banks for the purchase and/or refinancing of apartment house complexes by lying about the purchase prices, the down payments, his assets, income, and tax returns.