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Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan is already free to sell or transfer his properties without interference from government prosecutors, even without a desired court order, a federal court said this week. Attorneys for Morgan and other developers had sought the court's intervention because they said the government's words and actions were hindering their ability to sel…

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One of the nation's largest commercial banks is now trying to foreclose on two of Robert C. Morgan's apartment complexes in upstate New York – including the Raintree Island Apartments in the Town of Tonawanda – even as a federal grand jury indicted Morgan and his finance director on mortgage and insurance fraud charges. U.S. Bank, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based U.S. …

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The federal fraud indictment that points an accusatory finger at two executives of Rochester's Morgan Management and two mortgage brokers also creates unwanted attention for two other players in Buffalo's real estate industry. While Brett Fitzpatrick and Aaron Siegel have not been charged or even named, last week's indictment alleges fraud occurred with one of their pro…

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The last of four Buffalo and Rochester defendants charged in an elaborate scheme to defraud lenders and investors out of millions of dollars in commercial real estate loans pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to bank and wire fraud. Kevin Morgan, a vice president at Rochester-based Morgan Management and Morgan Communities, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenne…

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Todd Morgan, son of Rochester real estate developer Robert C. Morgan, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in federal court in Buffalo to charges of bank and wire fraud following an indictment earlier in the week. Morgan, a project manager at Pittsford-based Morgan Management and Morgan Communities, barely spoke during the half-hour proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judg…

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Staged apartments. Fake loans and leases. And a woman who pretended she was a tenant but couldn't let inspectors into a bedroom because her boyfriend was "sleeping" there. The fraud charges leveled Tuesday against two Buffalo commercial mortgage brokers and two relatives of Rochester apartment mogul Robert Morgan shined a bright light on the underbelly of the murky worl…

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A home health care aide faces 30 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Friday to bank fraud in U.S. District Court after admitting she opened an unauthorized credit card account in the name of the elderly woman she was hired to care for and used it to fraudulently make thousands of dollars in purchases. In May 2015, Cassie Tillinghast, 32, of Buffalo was hired as an …

A Romanian national has admitted that he conspired to defraud Bank of America of more than $150,000 by using skimming devices and cameras at ATMs in Buffalo and Rochester Giovani Hornea, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Hornea,  another Romanian national, Nicolae Sarbu, and others used skimming…