Thursday, July 21, 2011

Abdelghany Antar Admits Obtaining $4.7 Million in Fraudulent Mortgages on 21 Homes in New Haven County


David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ABDELGHANY ANTAR, 56, of East Haven, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud stemming from his participation in a mortgage fraud scheme in New Haven County.

According to court documents and statements made in court, ANTAR owned and operated ATZ Realty, located at 612 Main Street in East Haven. From June 2006 to October 2007, ANTAR conspired with a former employee, Andrea J. Palmucci, to purchase 11 properties in New Haven County in Palmucci’s name. As part of the conspiracy, ANTAR and Palmucci made false statements to various mortgage lenders, including statements about Palmucci’s income, assets, liabilities, employment, and intention to occupy the home as a primary residence. In addition, the deposits and down payments for the properties were paid out of bank accounts in Palmucci’s name with funds owned and controlled by ANTAR. After the closings, Palmucci quitclaimed the properties back to ANTAR or to entities that ANTAR owned or controlled. Through this scheme, ANTAR obtained more than $2.7 million in fraudulent mortgages.

In pleading guilty, ANTAR also admitted that he committed mortgage fraud with respect to another 10 properties in the greater New Haven area from March 2005 to November 2006. By making, or causing to be made, materially false statements to various mortgage lenders, ANTAR obtained 11 fraudulent mortgages totaling more than $2 million to purchase the 10 properties in another individual’s name, but for ANTAR’s own benefit.

In total, ANTAR obtained, or helped to obtain, 22 fraudulent mortgages totaling approximately $4.778 million to purchase 21 properties in New Haven County. All 21 properties have been foreclosed upon or are in default, causing losses of more than $1 million to the lenders.

Judge Droney has scheduled ANTAR’s sentencing for October 7, 2011, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.

On May 24, 2011, Palmucci waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She is scheduled to be sentenced on November 14, 2011.

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