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Feds Allege Credit Repair Con Artists Obtained Millions in Fraudulent Loans
Written: July 28, 2011

On July 25, 2011, a federal Indictment was unsealed in the Southern District of New York against:
  • EDWIN JACQUET, 38; of Brooklyn, NY;
  • PETER ROMEO, 35; Brooklyn, NY;
  • EDWIN J. MANSOUR, JR., 43; of Staten Island, NY; and
  • DENISE HUDSON, 47, of Roosevelt, NY. 

Those Defendants were charged in connection with a fraudulent credit-repair scheme, in which they falsely reported to credit bureaus inflated credit histories for thousands of individuals, enabling those individuals to get millions of dollars in loans from financial institutions and other lenders.

NOTE: The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law

SIDE BAR: Consumer Reporting Agencies ( “Credit Bureaus” ): provide reports to third parties about the credit-worthiness of consumers.

Furnishers: Among the sources of information utilized by Credit Bureaus are entities that provide consumers with credit, e.g., credit card companies, automobile lenders, and department stores.

Allegations 

The Indictment alleges that in September and October 2007, and July 2008, respectively, the following businesses became Furnishers:

  • Highway Furniture, Inc. (“Highway Furniture”),  
  • New York Funding Group Inc. (“New York Funding”)

Allegedly, from 2007 through 2009, through Brooklyn-based Highway Furniture and, later, Hempstead-based New York Funding, and Defendants Jacquet, Mansour, Romeo, and Hudson engaged in a scheme to falsely and fraudulently improve the credit histories and credit scores of thousands of individuals.  In furtherance of this fraud, the two entities and four Defendants falsely represented that the individuals were customers of Highway Furniture and New York Funding.

In exchange for thousands of dollars in fees, the Defendants allegedly provided credit bureaus with fictitious information showing that Highway Furniture and New York Funding had extended credit to the purported customers, and that those loans had been (or were being) repaid. Not being content with submitting fraudulent credit histories, the Indictment alleges that the Defendants falsely and fraudulently improved the credit histories and credit scores of some of the purported customers by deleting accurate, but negative, credit information maintained by the credit bureaus. The fraudulent misrepresentations facilitated the lending of millions of dollars from banks and other lenders to the purported customers.

Arrests and Charges

Defendants Mansour, Romeo, and Hudson were arrested but Jacquet remains at large.  Each defendant is charged with one count of

  • conspiracy to commit bank fraud (Count One), and
  • conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer (Count Two).

Count One: a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

Count Two: a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense


 
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