Mortgage Lender Executive Admits Role in Nearly 9 Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 – A top executive at a Long Island-based mortgage lender pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with an $8.9 million embezzlement scheme.

Edward E. Bohm, former president of sales at Vanguard Funding, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The 41-year-old was also an undisclosed owner of the company. Bohm faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years along with restitution and criminal forfeiture. However, he is expected to receive a shorter sentence like his co-conspirators who pleaded guilty to the same charges.

“Fraud charges of this magnitude require an aggressive defense that protects the rights of the accused,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group, who is not involved with the case. “Embezzlement is a serious white collar crime that carries long-term consequences. If you are facing such charges, it is best to retain an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.”

Bohm was the third executive to admit that he had a hand in the embezzlement scheme which ran from August 2015 to March 2017. In December 2018, Vanguard’s Chief Operating Officer Matthew Voss and Chief Financial Officer Edward Sypher, Jr. were sentenced to prison sentences of 24 and 18 months respectively.

The three executives acquired warehouse loans for Vanguard from lenders like Bankunited, Santander Bank and Northpointe Bank through false promises that the money would finance mortgages or provide mortgage refinancing. However, Bohm and the others actually spent the funds on personal expenses and compensation. They also paid off loans that were fraudulently obtained in the past.

According to the complaint, the embezzlement scheme came to light after an FBI agent recorded Bohm talking to Sypher about it. Bohm was heard saying that he and the other executives would not face criminal charges because their scheme was directed at lenders rather than the public. He allegedly stated in the recording, “At the end of the day, the s— we did wasn’t to the public.”

Vanguard is a mortgage lending company that has 33 branches across the United States including in New York, California, Florida and Washington, among other states.

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Attorney Marc Lopez listed as a 2019 “Top 3 DUI Lawyers in Indianapolis”

Attorney Marc Lopez

Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2019 – Attorney Marc Lopez with the Marc Lopez Law Firm is pleased to announce that he has been chosen as a 2019 Best DUI Lawyers in Indianapolis. The website Threebestrated.com uses a 50 point inspection which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.

Attorney Marc Lopez started at the absolute bottom of the Prosecutor’s Office and worked his way up to Marion County’s highly-trained “OVWI Unit.” Along the way, he handled thousands of criminal cases and countless trials. He learned the ins and outs of the courtroom process and was happy to feel like he was making a difference in the community. Over time, though, something changed.

With non-DUI/OVWI crimes, Attorney Lopez was able to provide defendants with alternatives, some of which allowed for the case to be resolved without a life-altering conviction. When it came to DUI/OVWI charges, however, there was no discretion. At the time, the Prosecutor’s Office had a straightforward approach to DUI/OVWI: it is better to go to trial and lose than to offer the defendant a non-DUI /OVWI plea or resolution. Attorney Marc Lopez hated the thought of regular, hardworking people being saddled with a conviction because of a single mistake. This inflexible approach to DUI/OVWI charges started to make him feel like he was professionally obligated to kick people when they were down.

During his time as a Prosecutor, he learned that only a handful of attorneys in the Indianapolis area actually took DUI/OVWI cases to trial. He left the Prosecutor’s Office and started his own law firm. He made it his goal to help the little guy fight back against the State of Indiana, and he made himself a promise: Not only would he be a fantastic trial attorney, but he would learn the science of DUI /OVWI in order to better serve his clients.

Attorney Marc Lopez made good on his promise. In 2010, he completed a week-long Trial Practice course on DUI/OVWI defense led by nationally-renowned DUI/OVWI Attorney Pat Arata and Attorney Mike McDaniel. In 2011, he spent a month at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College in the mountains of Wyoming. While the Trial Lawyer’s College was not DUI/OVWI-specific, he learned valuable trial practice skills and insight into how to meaningfully connect with juries. There was no Internet. There was no cable television. Over the course of four weeks, a group of 50 attorneys shared two landlines. There was no cell phone reception unless you were willing to walk two miles up a mountain. Without distractions, it was much easier to focus on interpersonal relations, and it is impossible to overestimate the importance of good communication, especially for lawyers. Years later, he still gets together with the local Trial Lawyer’s College group to work on cases.

While trial practice is important, he has also learned the science behind blood and alcohol testing. Through the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), he spent a week in Colorado learning the science behind blood alcohol testing. A separate week was spent in Texas with hands-on learning in the science of blood drug testing. Another three days were spent in Georgia learning about metrology, which is a fancy way of referring to the study of lab tests to determine the accuracy of their measurements. He then also completed NCDD’s Mastering Scientific Evidence seminar held in Louisiana. In 2017 the National College of DUI Defense commended him for completing the NCDD Advanced Curriculum in Forensic Science and Trial Advocacy.

Armed with experience and advanced training, Attorney Marc Lopez is now able to use his knowledge of the physical laws of nature to better apply the normative laws of society. He has helped hundreds of people. He has won cases that were professionally assessed as “hopeless.” He has lost cases at trial that nevertheless produced a better outcome for his clients than the most generous plea offer. In order to keep his promise to himself, he has basically been compelled to learn everything there is to know about an Indiana driver’s license, including how to legally get people back on the road. There is no DUI/OWVI situation where he cannot help. While he cannot promise to beat your case, he can promise to fight like all hell.

Contact:
Marc Lopez, Esq.
120 E. Market St., Suite 710,
Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Phone:(317) 632-3642

New York Governor Cuomo Signs New Red Flag Gun Control Law

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2019 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new gun protection law that enables authorities, school officials or family members to seek a court order that would temporarily seize the firearms of people considered to be a threat to themselves or others.

The bill is called the Red Flag Law, also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order law. Cuomo was joined by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the bill signing on February 25 in New York City. The governor said he hoped the measure would limit school shootings by giving school officials the ability to ensure troubled students do not have access to guns. However, opponents of the law expressed concerns that it will make it all too easy for people to strip away owners’ guns.

“New York already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. While this new measure may be well-intended, the reality is that gun laws are not always straightforward,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group. “Gun owners should make sure they are aware of their legal rights and understand the unique rules that apply to gun ownership where they live.”

Under the Red Flag Law, law enforcement officers, household members or school personnel will be able to petition a judge to issue a temporary order of protection to prevent an individual from purchasing or possessing a gun if there is clear evidence that they will “engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to himself, herself, or others.”

Judges will evaluate different factors when determining whether a person’s behavior is a “red flag,” such as whether they have substance abuse problems or have a history of threatening violence. The law states that if the court issues a temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order, a hearing will be held within three to six days to decide if a final order is necessary.

If the court grants the final order, the gun owner will have to give up their weapons to law enforcement for a year and have their firearm licenses suspended during that period. The owner can appeal a court’s decision and also request a hearing to reconsider the case. The petitioner can request for the order’s renewal within 60 days of its expiration date.

The new law is expected to take effect later this year. It adds New York to around a dozen states that have enacted similar measures to prevent individuals with mental illnesses from accessing guns. Pelosi noted that the law was meant as a lifesaving measure rather than a form of stigmatization of those with mental illnesses.

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Defense of Dwelling Results in “Not Guilty” Verdict

Attorney Marc Lopez, Esq.

Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2019 – An Indianapolis man was recently charged with two felony counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. The weapon in question had been a BB gun, and the only reason the defendant had brought it with him onto his front porch was because he’d observed a stranger reaching onto his property and laying hands on his dog.

The defendant eventually learned that a utility company employee had come to shut the defendant’s water off and had been frightened by his dog. The skittish utility company worker had then called animal control, and it had been an animal control employee who’d been trying to restrain the defendant’s dog. Neither the utility worker nor the animal control employee had announced their presence or intentions.

Once everyone’s respective identities and motivations were straightened out, the defendant realized his error and offered apologies, but this wasn’t enough for the Lawrence Police Department. The defendant was arrested and jailed for seven days. Even though the State adopted an aggressively confrontational posture, the defendant was cooperative, providing police with footage of the incident from his home security cameras. Despite his initial misunderstanding and subsequent cooperation, the State decided to come after the defendant with felony charges.

Following a day-long jury trial, justice was served, and the defendant—whose great crime had been rushing to protect his dog—was found NOT GUILTY on all counts. The defendant’s attorney, Marc Lopez, in response to the verdict, stated, “Indiana recognizes a person’s right to defend themselves, their dwelling, and their property. Even where a mistake is involved, you can still claim self-defense as long as you reasonably believed it to be necessary.”

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Marc Lopez, Esq.
120 E. Market St., Suite 710
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Ron Herman Named Chair of 15th Circuit Bar Grievance Committee

Attorney Ron D. Herman

West Palm Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2019 – After serving as a committee member on the Fifteenth Circuit Grievance Committee (“A”) of the Florida Bar, attorney Ron D. Herman has recently been named its Chair. The Grievance Committee is tasked with reviewing cases where attorneys have allegedly violated the rules of professional conduct established by the Florida Supreme Court.

Grievance committee investigations are similar to grand jury proceeding, and are comprised of lawyers and nonlawyers. Each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits has at least one grievance committee. The committee members investigate possible lawyer misconduct of other Florida Bar members and make important determinations about whether and to what extent to impose disciplinary action.

Please join us in congratulating Ron on his appointment as Chair of this prestigious committee. He is proud to serve and appreciates the opportunity to dedicate his time to this crucial work.

About Ron D. Herman

Ron is the owner of Herman Law, P.A., an established criminal law firm, where he defends complex cases, with experience representing companies and professionals fighting government investigations. Ron has extensive trial experience and has handled more than 150 jury trials during his esteemed career. Ron’s prior experience includes working as a skilled prosecutor in Palm Beach and Broward Counties for over 6 years. At the State Attorney’s Office, Ron was promoted several times to become division Lead of the Felony, DUI, and Domestic Violence Units, and was eventually tapped to be part of the coveted Crimes Against Children Unit (Special Victims Unit or SVU). By concentrating on complex, high stakes white collar cases, the firm provides each client concierge-level service and attention.

Criminal Defense Attorney Asher Weinberg Launches Solo Practice

Asher Weinberg, Esq.

Silver Spring, MD (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2019 – Asher Weinberg is pleased to announce the launch of his solo criminal defense practice.

Conveniently located in Silver Spring, the Law Office of Asher Weinberg provides powerful legal representation to the accused when their future and their freedom is on the line. Well-versed in the Maryland Criminal Code, Mr. Weinberg routinely handles a wide range of misdemeanor and felony offenses — drug crimes, violent crimes, theft crimes, traffic violations and DUI. In fact, he is one of the few attorneys in the state who can defend a client against DUI charges and avoid a plea that could result in fines, license suspensions and other penalties.

For 10 years prior to hanging out his own shingle, Mr. Weinberg has provided his clients with innovative defense strategies and superior personal service, knowing that it is crucial for his clients to express their concerns in confidence. Committed to the underlying principle of the U.S. criminal justice system — the presumption of innocence — Asher Weinberg works tirelessly to balance the scales of justice and to protect the rights of his clients.

To learn more about the Law Office of Asher Weinberg, please contact his office today by visiting his website: https://asherweinberglaw.com/

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New York Teacher Suspended for Showing Video With Sexual and Political Content to Students

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2019 – A New York high school teacher was suspended indefinitely for showing his students a video about due process related to sexual assault and rape on college campuses. The Bedford Central School District extended his original month-long suspension in connection to seven new charges.

Mike Poplardo taught economics at Fox Lane High School in Bedford for 30 years. He was suspended without pay after showing his senior classes a 41-minute Fox News documentary titled “The Truth About Sex and College.” The school district described the video as containing “inappropriate sexual content” and claimed it “presents a one-sided, biased political viewpoint.”

District Superintendent Dr. Christopher Manno sent Poplardo a letter on January 25 stating that his suspension “will continue until further notice” pending a second hearing in relation to the additional charges filed against him. The suspension was originally scheduled to end on February 1. The new charges were “misconduct and conduct unbecoming a teacher, misconduct, incompetence and insubordination.”

“All teachers and educators accused of misconduct have the right to a disciplinary hearing,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group, who is not involved with the case. “A hearing allows the accused individual to present their side of the case. It is important to have an experienced attorney by your side to aggressively protect your rights and interests. The quality of representation can have a significant impact on the severity of any penalties.

The new charges were leveled against Poplardo after he shared with his students’ parents a lesson plan that included a link to the Fox News video. According to the superintendent’s letter, the teacher was not allowed on school district property for the duration of his leave of absence except to attend a scheduled disciplinary hearing. Manno also prohibited Poplardo from discussing with his students the disciplinary charges and the circumstances surrounding his suspension.

Prior to his current suspension Poplardo had received near perfect evaluations during his time at the school. District officials said Poplardo refused a proposed settlement that consisted of a fine, training and counseling without any suspension.

New York Jail Cook Charged With Rape of Inmates

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2019 – A New York county jail employee was charged with rape and multiple other felonies for having sex with three inmates.

Jennifer Parker, 43, worked as a kitchen supervisor at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in Canton from August 2010 until her resignation in June 2018. As head cook she managed and supervised inmates who worked in the facility’s kitchen.

Parker was accused of engaging in oral sex, sexual intercourse and various other sexual acts with three inmates. According to court documents, the alleged sexual misconduct occurred from 2011 to 2014. She was arrested following a joint investigation by the New York State Police and the Attorney General’s office.

“Rape and other sexual offenses are vigorously prosecuted in New York,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group, who is not involved with the case. “A conviction can have serious consequences including mandatory sex offender registration, which can have far-ranging impact on a person’s life long after an alleged crime has occurred. Individuals facing such charges should seek experienced legal representation.”

A St. Lawrence County grand jury indicted Parker on 16 counts including three counts of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree promoting prison contraband. She was also charged with two counts of forcible touching and five counts of official misconduct. Each felony count carries a prison sentence of up to four years. Each misdemeanor count carries a prison sentence of up to one year.

Under New York state law, inmates are considered incapable of consent due to their incarceration. The inmates who were working at the facility were under Parker’s direct supervision and control at the time of each of the alleged sexual encounters.

Parker pleaded not guilty at her December 2018 arraignment in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton, New York. She was released to probation supervision.

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