New Rochelle Man Scammed by Phony Real Estate Attorney

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New Rochelle Man Scammed by Phony Real Estate Attorney

February 02, 2017 - 16:39

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — Daniel Stern, 53, of 189 Cross Street, City Island, New York, was sentenced on Friday, January 20, 2017 by Judge Larry Schwartz to two to four years in state prison after being convicted of one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.

On 9/21/15, the defendant, while falsely representing that he was an attorney, stole approximately $31,000 from victim Joseph Bonnano in the City of New Rochelle.

Specifically, the defendant told Joseph Bonnano that he was an attorney and could represent Mr. Bonnano during the purchase of real property. The defendant received a $40,000 cash down payment from the victim on 9/21/15 at the victim’s house. 

Unbeknownst to the defendant, the victim video recorded the transaction. The defendant then used approximately $31,000 of said funds for his own personal use. Forensic accounting showed the victim withdrawing the $40,000 from the bank, but the defendant did not deposit the cash into a bank account.

The defendant returned $9,000 to the victim and in doing so admitted to the original theft amount.

The New Rochelle Police Department conducted the initial investigation working jointly with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. 

A Judgment and Order of Restitution in the amount of $31,000 was issued in favor of the victim.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway and Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco of the Investigations Division prosecuted the case.