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DA: Massapequa couple stole identities, faked loans

A married couple from Massapequa stole the identities of two victims to obtain $1 million in credit, police and prosecutors said Wednesday.

Angela Sutphen, 50, and her husband Matthew Sutphen, 47, both of 85 Shinnecock Ave., Massapequa, pleaded not guilty yesterday in First District Court in Central Islip to two counts each of first-degree identity theft, the Suffolk district attorney's office said.

In addition, Angela Sutphen pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree forgery and one count of second-degree forgery, the district attorney's office said.

Authorities said the Sutphens, who operated Cornerstone Bancor Mortgage at 5254 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa, used the names and identities of an employee and a potential customer to obtain a business line of credit worth $1 million and a mortgage bond of $40,000.

Angela Sutphen also signed the victims' names on a mortgage application, the district attorney's office said. She was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail by District Judge Dennis Cohen. Her husband was held on $40,000 bail.

Angela Sutphen's attorney, Jason Bassett of Central Islip, said she believes the charges stem from the sale of Cornerstone Bancor Mortgage.

"She strongly denies any wrongdoing and claims that this is a vendetta against her brought by the individuals who purchased . . . [Angela's] and her husband's business," Bassett said.

The current owners of the mortgage company could not be reached for comment.

The Sutphens were arrested Tuesday as they entered Second District Court in Lindenhurst for "an unrelated real estate dispute," police said.

A search warrant was executed for the couple's home and business Tuesday, although police have not spoken of findings.

Suffolk police and the U.S. postal inspector are investigating.

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