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Former Haitian Strongman Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Department of Law 120 Broadway New York, NY 10271 Department of Law The State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 � For More Information: 212-416-8060 For Immediate Release February 08, 2007 � FORMER HAITIAN STRONGMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME Emmanuel Constant, a participant in mortgage fraud scheme, had previously run a Haitian paramilitary organization in 1990s linked to torture, extrajudicial killings, and crimes against humanity NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2007) � Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Emmanuel Constant, 49, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in Kings County Supreme Court for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 16, 2007. This is the latest result of a continuing investigation by the Attorney General�s Organized Crime Task Force (�OCTF�) into mortgage fraud conspiracies that have distorted residential […]

By COREY KILGANNON, The New York Times July 11, 2006 Like many of his neighbors, Emmanuel Constant left behind tumult in his homeland, Haiti, and found a more stable life in New York City. The change was good. He became a real estate agent and lived in a spacious white house in Queens. But Mr. Constant kept his nickname � Toto � a name that continues to stir fear and hatred among many Haitians, who know him as the man who in the early 1990�s ran a paramilitary group that human-rights groups say raped, tortured or killed thousands to silence loyalists of the deposed president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. For many Haitians here, Mr. Constant�s unapologetic attitude and his success in America simply added to the horrors he was accused of. �Toto has blood dripping from his hands, and he has been living […]

Ex-Haitian strongman arrested in Long Island mortgage fraud case, Associate Press, July 7, 2006

Copyright 2006 Associated Press All Rights Reserved The Associated Press State & Local Wire July 7, 2006 Friday 2:28 AM GMT Ex-Haitian strongman arrested in Long Island mortgage fraud case �By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer An elusive former strongman from Haiti accused in a federal lawsuit of sanctioning systematic rape to silence dissent has been arrested in a mortgage fraud scheme on Long Island, authorities said Thursday. Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, 49, who was arrested on Wednesday, was to be arraigned on Friday on charges of grand larceny, forgery and falsifying business records, said Robert Clifford, spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney. The spokesman did not have the name of Constant’s attorney, and there was no telephone listing for his Queens home. Prosecutors plan to ask a judge to order Constant held without bail based on his notorious history […]

Infamous Haitian Accused of Fraud

THE NEW YORK TIMES July 7, 2006 A former Haitian paramilitary leader accused of mass murder has been charged with being part of a mortgage fraud ring in New York, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday. The man, Emmanuel Constant, was arrested on Wednesday and is expected to be arraigned today in state court in Riverhead, in Suffolk County. Mr. Constant, who is also known as Toto, was one of six people charged with grand larceny, forgery and falsifying records for fraud that the authorities said occurred between 2004 and this year. The indictment said Mr. Constant helped defraud SunTrust Bank of more than $1 million last year. In the 1990’s, Mr. Constant was head of a right-wing paramilitary group known as Fraph and translated variously as the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti. In 2000, a Haitian […]

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