Queens, NY couple charged for fleecing 12 people out of $16 millionMarch 6th, 2010 - 3:58 am ICT by BNO News
QUEENS, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) – A Queens, New York couple were charged for stealing millions from 12 individuals, prosecutors said Friday.
Matthew McEntee, 50, and Mariwa M. Mora, 45, both of Queens, New York, stole more than than $16 million from a dozen individuals selling real estate and other assets.
McEntee was introduced to the victims as an investor, looking to buy properties for his corporations – Clarity Corporate Trust and Conveyance Corporate Trust. He would claim to be an attorney, an accountant and a banker, introducing Mora as either his fiancee or wife.
McEntee also allegedly told some of the victims that for corporate tax reasons if they brought money or other valuables to the closing, he would issue them a check, which were deemed forged, for double the value which would be in the payment check for the properties.
The man who introduced McEntee to the victims is still uncaptured.
“The defendants are accused of conning twelve property owners out of more than $16 million in assets – including properties located in Oyster Bay, Long Island, Pennsylvania, Texas and California – during seven closings held last Saturday in Queens,” District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
“In some instances, the defendants are alleged to have promised to double any money the victims brought to the closings, thereby duping their victims out of $310,000 in cash, as well as diamonds, gold and mink coats,” he added.
Both, McEntee and Mora are awaiting arraignment, each facing up to 25 years in prison.
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