Brooklyn Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Real Estate Investors
(STL.News) Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Shimon Rosenfeld, an attorney licensed to practice in New York, pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of at least $6 million by falsely claiming he was using the money to invest in real estate opportunities. The proceeding was held before United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto.
Mark J. Lesko, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Patrick J. Freaney, Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Secret Service, New York Field Office (USSS), announced the guilty plea.
“The defendant, a licensed lawyer, swindled his investors by claiming he was ‘flipping’ properties, when in reality the only thing he flipped was their millions of dollars in investments into his own personal bank accounts,” stated Acting United States Attorney Lesko. “It is particularly egregious that the defendant perpetrated this fraud scheme as a member of the bar who betrayed the trust of victims who believed his lies.” Mr. Lesko thanked the FBI for their outstanding investigative work on the case.