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Brooklyn man indicted in mortgage fraud case

A Brooklyn man accused of using fake documents and forged signatures to obtain mortgages worth $5.3 million from lenders has been indicted by a Nassau grand jury, authorities said Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Mayer Goldberger, 46, of Sunset Park, got New York Community Bank in Jericho to loan him $3 million in 2006 and BRT Realty Trust in Great Neck to loan him $2.3 million in 2008. Goldberger used three apartment buildings he owned in Hartford, Conn., as collateral for the loans, prosecutors said.

Marshall Trager, chief of the Nassau district attorney's public corruption bureau, said it is unknown what Goldberger did with the money.

Goldberger pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment on two counts of first-degree grand larceny, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and first-degree scheme to defraud. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 1 to 3 years in prison or a maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years.

Goldberger's attorney could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Goldberger managed to deceive lenders through various schemes, Trager said, one of which involved Goldberger filing false real estate documents that showed he had paid off mortgages worth a total of $1.4 million, enabling him to secure additional loans. Another alleged scheme involved him preparing and issuing a title report on his own properties through Speedy Title Services LLC, a company he owned.

"Essentially, he controlled the flow of info going into the report," Trager said.

Goldberger also forged the name of Duane Totten, a deceased attorney, whose signatures appeared on real estate documents after Totten had died, Trager said.

In late 2008 to early 2009, Goldberger's scheme began to unravel when he stopped making payments on the loans, Trager said.

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