Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sentenced To 4 To 12 Years For Using Forged Deeds To Hijack Homes In One County, Title Snatcher Dodges Add'l Prison Time After Pleading Guilty To 12 More Thefts In Neighboring County; Judge: 3 To 9 Year Jail Stay To Run Concurrently With Earlier Sentence

In Troy, New York, The Troy Record reports:
  • A Rensselaer man who has admitted to bilking people in several counties out of thousands of dollars by selling or renting homes he did not own was sentenced Monday [May 15] for crimes involving 12 Rensselaer County properties.

    Zarak O. Ali, 43, was sentenced Monday in Rensselaer County Court to three to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to felony counts of second-degree forgery and first-degree falsifying business records. However, that sentence will run concurrent with a four- to 12-year prison term he was sentenced to May 5 on similar charges in Albany County,(1) meaning he will serve no time beyond that initial sentence.

    Ali admitted in February to forging deeds for foreclosed properties in the town of Brunswick and the cities of Rensselaer and Troy between January and March 2016, filing them with the Rensselaer County Clerk’s Office and renting or selling the properties. He has also pleaded guilty to similar charges in Columbia, Schenectady and Saratoga counties.

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