Harendra Singh, the key witness in the federal corruption trial of Nassau County’s former executive and Oyster Bay’s former town supervisor, has filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in U.S. Eastern District Court in Central Islip.
Court records show that Singh, also a former Town of Oyster Bay concessionaire, filed for bankruptcy protection on April 20.
Singh, 59, of Laurel Hollow, was approved by Judge Alan S. Trust to pay the $310 filing fee for his voluntary bankruptcy petition in installments, with $10 already paid and $150 due on May 15 and May 29, court records show.
Singh’s bankruptcy petition, filed without an attorney, listed two creditors, CIT Bank, N.A. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and LoanCare LLC, a mortgage servicer based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
CIT Bank sued Singh in August 2016 in New York State Supreme Court in Mineola alleging he had stopped making mortgage payments on his Laurel Hollow home beginning Oct. 1, 2014, and owed $2.5 million plus interest. On July 20, 2017, New York State Judge Thomas Adams granted summary judgment in favor of the bank. On Jan. 9, Adams ordered the property foreclosed and to be put up for sale and awarded CIT Bank $2.9 million plus interest and fees.
Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor seeks a payment plan to repay his or her debts.
Singh checked boxes on the form stating that his assets were $1 million to $10 million and his liabilities were also $1 million to $10 million. He also checked a box stating that the number of creditors he had were fewer than 50.
In October 2016, Singh pleaded guilty to bribing former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. Mangano, his wife, Linda, and Venditto are on trial in federal court in Central Islip. They have pleaded not guilty.
Another creditor, Nationstar Mortgage LLC, a Coppell, Texas-based home loan company also known as Mr. Cooper, filed a request with the bankruptcy court to receive all documents in the case. Nationstar sued Singh last year, alleging he had stopped payments on his mortgage for a Bethpage house in October 2015, when he owed $148,082 in principal.
Singh’s Hauppauge-based criminal defense attorney, Anthony LaPinta, on Wednesday declined to comment on the bankruptcy filing.
Singh sought a 30-day waiver to complete a required credit counseling course.
“I was not aware that this course is required,” Singh wrote in a court filing. “I will look into credit counseling and complete the course as required by the court.”