AG: Fake architect indicted following “Operation Vandelay Industries” investigation

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April 20, 2017 12:13 PM

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the unsealing of three indictments charging a man who pretended to be an architect.

Paul J. Newman, President of Cohesion Studios, Inc., was charged with defrauding construction companies, business owners, and municipalities. The Attorney General says Newman pretended to be a licensed and registered architect. 

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Schneiderman’s office says Newman collected nearly $200,000 for rendering fraudulent services since 2010. 

The investigation, named “Operation Vandelay Industries,” showed that Newman allegedly drafted architectural renderings for over 100 properties in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. According to the AG, Newman submitted these architectural renderings to various towns and cities, falsely certifying on the documents that he was a registered and licensed architect. 

“As we allege, for over seven years the defendant has pretended to be a Registered Architect, deceiving hundreds of New Yorkers – including families and senior citizens — with the sole goal of enriching himself,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.

If convicted of the highest count charged, Newman faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison.


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