Brooklyn paralegal sentenced to three years in connection with a multi-million dollar mortgage scam

March 26, 2010 06:49PM

A Brooklyn paralegal has been sentenced to two concurrent three-year prison sentences in connection with her role in a $200 million mortgage scam, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, after pleading guilty to charges of mail, wire and bank fraud. From 2004 to 2007, the defendant, Marina Dubin, aided a Brooklyn mortgage firm called AGA Capital NY in a mortgage refinancing scam, in which the company targeted homeowners facing foreclosure, offering to help them save their homes. Because many of the victims had poor credit and were unable to receive traditional refinancing, the firm told the victims to deed their homes over to a third party, promising to return the title within a year, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The company ultimately brokered more than 1,000 mortgages before the scheme was discovered. The lenders, combined, have claimed losses of approximately $11.6 million. Dubin is one of 27 defendants in this case — 25 of whom pleaded guilty. Dubin was also sentenced in federal court to three years of supervised released and was ordered to forfeit over $7 million and pay $11.6 million in restitution. TRD