Readers in the White Plains area may have heard of the recent charges against a 67-year-old Bronx woman who prosecutors claim embezzled over $1 million from the New York Archdiocese. The woman was arraigned on a charge of grand larceny -- a felony -- and a charge of falsifying business records.
Art is big business in New York City. And when works of art are sold for tens of thousands of dollars, collectors and dealers have to be careful that the product they are paying for is authentic and not fraudulent. A New York real estate broker recently found out the hard way that some people will go to great lengths to pass off a fake work of art as a real one. As a result of an apparent art-transaction fiasco, the man recently pled guilty to charges of misdemeanor forgery and false-filing.
A couple from New York is currently facing federal charges. They are accused of felonies including mail fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. According to reports, the 66-year-old lawyer and his wife, both of Seneca Falls, were charged in mid-December. Each of the charges they face carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or possibly both.
In a recent news story, the owner of a New York-based online clothing retail store was arrested and charged with wire fraud. The individual allegedly overcharged customers by more than $5 million. Authorities claim the owner charged on-file credit card customers multiple times for things they didn't purchase.