Archives For New York

Kenneth Schwartz, 64, Huntington, New York, and Helene Stetch, 50, Lindenhurst, New York, have been charged by a Queens County grand jury with defrauding homeowners, financial institution and real estate buyers out of more than $1 million through a short sale mortgage fraud scheme that occurred over a nineteen-month period between October 2008 and May 2010.

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Michael C. Kaufman, and his son, Richard A. Kaufman, both of Pittsford, New York, were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and loan fraud. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.

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Poppi Metaxas, 60, Hillsborough, California, the former chief executive officer and president of Gateway Bank FSB, with bank fraud, bank fraud conspiracy, and perjury.

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Isaak Khafizov, 27, Queens, New York, a former owner of American Home Recovery (AHR), a mortgage loan modification business, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to nine years in prison in connection with a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners and lenders.

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Laurie Schneider, 39, pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, to wire fraud.

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Barry Stephen Zornberg, 54, Hauppauge, New York, a former attorney, has been indicted and charged with lying to federal investigators about his role in a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme. The scheme ensnared at least 10 families, defrauding them of approximately $1.3 million in home equity and causing some of them to lose their homes.

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Melanie Ferreira, 61, Lagrangeville, New York, was found guilty on all counts of a four-count Indictment that charged her with engaging in a series of frauds, which included cheating the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) out of nearly half a million dollars, and perpetrating a bank fraud scheme.

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Eduardo Galan, 63, Brockport, New York, has been indicted and charged with mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

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Darryl Glasco, 54, North Tonawanda, New York, a licensed New York State appraiser, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $ 1,000,000, or both.

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John Murphy, 63, Nesconset, New York, the former chief executive officer of Oak Rock Financial LLC, pled guilty to bank fraud before United States Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown at the United States courthouse in Central Islip, New York.

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