Indian Origin Woman Sentenced for Duping Home Buyers
Estate salesperson, Reshmi Maharaj, 53 approved a amount of deposits, totaling $55,500
QUEENS, NY- An Indian-American real estate agent from the Queens borough in New York Town, was sentenced Aug. 29, for defrauding dwelling-customers.
Queens Acting District Attorney John M. Ryan declared Aug. 30, that a previous certified true living in Richmond Hill, Queens, has been sentenced to up to 6 decades in jail for thieving almost $600,000 in payments from potential owners for the purported “short sale” of numerous Queens and Brooklyn attributes in 2015.
According to Ryan, Maharaj duped the victims into believing that they were making payments to both safe their dream property or obtain a home as an expenditure chance. Alternatively, she pocketed their money and used it on personal objects.
Justice Lewis sentenced Maharaj Aug. 29, to 2 to 6 decades in jail.
According to testimony at the demo, Maharaj approved a amount of deposits, totaling $55,500, from a possible purchaser for the obtain of a house on Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill, Queens.
In April 2015, a 2nd prospective purchaser gave Maharaj four checks, totaling $34,500, for a residence she introduced as a “short sale” on Sutter Avenue in South Ozone Park, Queens. This same purchaser then paid out Maharaj an supplemental lump sum of $130,000 in purchase to safe the obtain of the home.
Maharaj recurring this rip-off several extra occasions, collecting deposits, totaling $176,200.
In 2016, Maharaj all over again pocketed a total of $199,000 from a third possible buyer, who was intrigued in shopping for a assets on one hundred fifteen Avenue in Richmond Hill.
Even with obtaining paid substantial sums of income to Maharaj, according to trial testimony, the victims had been never allowed to go into the residences.
Instead, Maharaj expended the $594,700 in cash she had gained on these types of factors as outings to a neighborhood on line casino and for travel-associated family vacation charges (like airfare, hotels and amusement), as effectively as making sizeable income withdrawals while in Trinidad and Tobago and for other own bills.