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Suffolk attorneys charged in mortgage fraud

Two Suffolk County attorneys have been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into a $10.2-million mortgage fraud scheme involving 35 properties, the Suffolk district attorney's office said Friday.

Robert Ibraham of Oakdale and Valdas Duoba of Northport were arraigned May 12 on several felony charges, including grand larceny of more than $1 million, the district attorney's office said.

The two represented buyers and sellers on dozens of fraudulent transactions, the office said. They used straw buyers, forged down payment checks and submitted fraudulent closing documents and title reports, said the prosecutor's office, which has been investigating for two years.

Ibraham and Duoba allegedly got millions of dollars in loans but allowed the properties to fall into foreclosure.

Ibraham has two Brentwood businesses, the Ibraham & Associates law firm and Buena Vista Realty Corp., where he has a broker's license.

His attorney, Robert Altchiler of Manhattan, said they "completely disagree" with the accusations: "There's a galaxy of inaccuracies in those allegations."

Duoba's office is in the same building as Ibraham.

His attorney, William Keahon of Hauppauge, said he looked into the allegations and has "no doubt" of his client's innocence: "My client had no part in any of those things."

Court records show Ibraham was charged with 10 felony counts on cases dating as far back as April 2009: four of grand larceny, four of falsifying business records, one of residential mortgage fraud and one of scheme to defraud.

Duoba was charged with 15 felony counts on cases that date to November 2008, court records show: 10 counts of residential mortgage fraud, four counts of grand larceny exceeding $1 million and one count of scheme to defraud.

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