Fake architect sentenced to prison time

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September 05, 2017 02:51 PM

A Saratoga County man who pretended to be an architect will be sentenced later this week.

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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Attorney General Eric 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.

“Deceptively posing as a licensed and registered architect has real consequences – including prison time,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Those who wish to game the system and take advantage of New Yorkers should take note: no license, no work for you. My office will continue to uphold this standard.”  

WNYT reports that Newman received two and a third to seven years in prison and will be sentenced Thursday in Albany and next Tuesday in Rensselaer County. 


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