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Man accused of filing bogus Harlem deed

April 06, 2009 01:57PM
By Adam Pincus

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A Brooklyn man was charged today with filing phony property records that gave him the title to a Harlem brownstone two years after the owner of the building died, authorities said.

Enrique Castillo, 52, allegedly filed a deed with the city’s Department of Finance in June 2007 that transferred the brownstone at 250 West 139th Street at no cost to a pseudonym he used, Enrique Fernandez, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. He also filed a phony mortgage record and a “revocation of power of attorney,” in 2008 with the City Register, the DA’s office said.

Castillo did not make any money through the filings, but allegedly planned to sell the property in the near future, a law enforcement source said.

He is free on $10,000 bail, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office said.

Castillo was charged with attempted grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument, which each carry a maximum sentence of seven years, prosecutors said. He also faces up to four years in prison for a charge of offering a false instrument for filing, officials said.

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