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Secaucus portfolio supervisor accused of wire fraud and id theft

Watch out for crooks!


Watch out for crooks!

A portfolio supervisor and senior impartial govt advisor to a Secaucus-based actual property fund has been accused of utilizing a cast mortgage doc to defraud an investor of a whole bunch of hundreds of {dollars}, in keeping with performing US lawyer Rachael A. Honig.

Thomas Nicholas Salzano, aka “Nick Salzano”, of Secaucus, has been charged with one rely of wire fraud and one rely of aggravated id theft. Salzano appeared by video convention on March 4 earlier than US magistrate Leda Dunn Wettre and was launched on unsecured bail of $ 100,000.

Allegedly defrauding traders

In line with paperwork filed in that case and statements made in courtroom, Salzano was employed at Nationwide Realty Funding Advisors (NRIA), a personal property administration fund with alleged $ 1.25 billion in belongings beneath administration in 2021.

In line with the paperwork, in Could 2018, Sufferer 1 bought three alleged models of NRIA’s actual property funding fund for $ 150,000, after listening to an commercial for the fund on the radio. Particular person 1, Vice President and Senior Impartial Undertaking Supervisor at NRIA, supplied Sufferer 1 a assured return of 6% for every unit bought, paid month-to-month, throughout the two to 2 and a half years of the 5 12 months time period , and the potential for larger assured returns after the preliminary interval.

In direction of the tip of 2018, Particular person 1 contacted Sufferer 1 relating to a supposed new alternative to change into a three way partnership companion with NRIA at a property in North Bergen, which might be owned by NRIA. In line with Particular person 1, the minimal funding was $ 300,000 and Sufferer 1 may use their preliminary funding of $ 150,000 within the NRIA fund to finance the required funding of $ 300,000 within the North Bergen property.

In line with the paperwork, Sufferer 1 requested Particular person 1 for extra details about the North Bergen property. Particular person 1 despatched paperwork to Sufferer 1 claiming to point out that NRIA meant to safe a $ 25 million financial institution mortgage on the property. Sufferer 1 requested details about the mortgage. Individual 1 then returned sufferer 1 to Salzano.

Twenty years in jail?

On January 17, 2019, Salzano despatched Sufferer 1 an alleged Letter of Intent (LOI) from Lender 1, a lender for actual property traders and builders, allegedly signed by Sufferer 2, the CEO of Lender 1. La letter of intent despatched by Salzano would have been fraudulent. A consultant later confirmed that the letter was fraudulent and that Sufferer 2’s signature was cast.

The cost of wire fraud carries a possible most sentence of 20 years in jail and a nice of $ 250,000. The cost of aggravated id theft carries a compulsory sentence of two years in jail to be served consecutively to another jail sentence imposed.

Performing U.S. Legal professional Honig credited FBI particular brokers, beneath the route of Particular Agent in Cost George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation resulting in the costs.

The federal government is represented by US deputy legal professionals Andrew Macurdy and Jonathan Fayer of the US Legal professional’s Workplace of the Financial Crimes Unit.

The costs and allegations contained within the grievance are solely expenses. The accused is presumed harmless till confirmed responsible.

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