Sanford Solny, an unlicensed real estate agent and attorney who was previously charged with burglarizing at least 18 homes in Brooklyn and Queensland, is faces charges of burglarizing four other homes in east Brooklyn.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez accused 65-year-old Solny, who lives in Midwood, of stealing documents from homes in East Flatbush, Canarsie, East New York and Ocean Hill between 2012. and 2022. proceedings, Gonzalez said in a statement. In total, Solny defrauded homeowners of about $2.3 million, Gonzalez alleges.
Solny – who was disbarred from practicing law in 2012 for stole $600,000 from his dead uncleadmitted to the charge of burglarizing 10 houses in 2016, he is now accused of burglarizing 8 other houses from mostly black and brown people, and charged the theft of many other things – it is alleged that the documents were stolen under the guise of negotiating short sales for the owners of the houses, three of them faced confiscation.
According to Gonzalez, the unlicensed broker contacted the other homeowners and asked them to work with Solny to negotiate a short sale, which is supposed to forgive the person’s debt. then the house and stop the action of detention.
However, when the homeowners met with Solny, mostly at his Borough Park office, he told them they had to sign their papers to him to get started. Gonzalez said. Solny was accused of paying the owner’s fee for the transfer of property either to him or to several LLCs he controlled.
No foreclosures were initiated, and the homes remained in foreclosure and owed money to former homeowners. Solny accused many of the lies to the owners of the house, including that the lenders preferred the houses to facilitate the short sale. Currently, he is alleged to have collected at least $63,995 from existing tenants or new tenants he brought in.
When the homeowners asked Solny how the short sale process was going, “he said he offered a lot of excuses and explanations,” Gonzalez said in the statement. According to city records, the LLC managed by Solny still owns the four buildings.
Elizabeth Lewis, who was trying to negotiate the short sale of her sister’s home at East Flatbush and Solny, told the New York Times He signed the deed to one of his LLCs thinking he was authorizing a sale to get his sister out of her mortgage.
“I was so confused, they were rushing, rushing, rushing,” Lewis told the New York Times. “I didn’t sell it to him, he has to buy it for me,” he said.
Over the years, the prices of homes at 1247 Albany Avenue in East Flatbush, 1429 East 100th Street in Canarsie, 1100 Sutter Avenue in East New York, and 10 Pleasant Place in Ocean Hill have increased, and, in becoming the owner of record, Solny. one who benefits from this increase when the property is sold. Meanwhile, the first home owners not only lost their property and ability to get payments but because of the continued foreclosure, their credit score and ability to get new loans was greatly reduced. , Gonzalez said.
“The defendant was accused of defrauding distressed homeowners when he stole the titles of their homes while pretending to help them, and we have pledged to hold him accountable,” Gonzalez said in the information. “Because people want to live in Brooklyn, scammers continue to target homeowners, and I encourage all homeowners to take steps to protect themselves.”
Solny, with its subsidiaries Albany Ave Realty Inc., East 100 St Realty Inc., Pleasant Pl. Realty Inc., and Bear Realty & Management Corp., were indicted in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday. He is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit theft, and grand larceny, and faces a minimum prison sentence of three to six years on conviction. Solny denied the charge and was released without bail and must return to court on March 22.
Document theft is a serious problem in Brooklyn, too Thieves target older people and black and brown people. As housing prices have soared in much of central and eastern Brooklyn over the past 20 years, so have scams to transfer homes from longtime owners, for nothing. in some cases part of their market value.
Although identity theft is difficult to prosecute, Gonzalez was originally told in BK Reader when there is enough evidence, “we will prosecute vigorously to ensure accountability and compensation for victims.”
“In order to file criminal charges, we must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a false filing did not occur or that the seller made false statements of fact to induce the owner to sell. the land,” he said.
But despite the spread of fraud in Brooklyn, in the last nine years, the Brooklyn attorney’s office has moved to prosecute only 28 cases of theft, according to the New York Times.
On Tuesday, a man impersonated a Bushwick homeowner’s older brother in order to steal his deed and sell his home. was punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Gonzalez said in a statement that the sentencing “charges him for this heinous crime and sends a strong message to fraudsters and thieves that we will seek severe penalties for those who harm homeowners.” in Brooklyn.”