Indian among 3 charged with fraud in US


NEW YORK: An Indian is among three men arrested here and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud for tricking distressed homeowners to sell their homes and reaping millions of dollars through the scheme.

Rajesh Maddiwar, Mario Alvarenga and Amir Meiri were presented in Manhattan federal court before US magistrate judge Kevin Fox on Thursday.

The three were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara said, “In what is alleged to be a brazen fraud, these defendants manipulated and took advantage of vulnerable people, and in some cases even tricked individuals into losing their homes.”

According to the allegations in the complaint, since 2013 the three men defrauded distressed homeowners throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens neighbourhood.

They falsely represented to these homeowners – some of whom were elderly or in poor health – that they could assist them with a loan modification or similar relief from foreclosure that would allow the homeowners to save their homes.

Instead, they deceived them into selling their homes to a for-profit real estate company the three were affiliated with.

The three lured victims through the Homeowners Assistance Service of New York (HASNY), which purported to provide assistance to homeowners who were seeking to avoid foreclosure of their homes.

When a homeowner arrived at the HASNY office, he or she met with Alvarenga, who typically advised the homeowner that HASNY could assist him or her with a loan modification.

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