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Man used Mets’ Jeff Wilpon’s name in scam, pleads guilty

New York Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon, seen here

New York Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon, seen here during batting practice for Game 3 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, was one of the victims of a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme orchestrated by a New Jersey man arrested by the FBI, officials said. Credit: Jim McIsaac

A New Jersey man who impersonated New York Mets executive Jeff Wilpon to secure financing in office equipment lease deals pleaded guilty to fraud Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.

Michael Conway, 40, of Verona, said he forged lease deals with the Mets — including a letter from Wilpon, the son of owner Fred Wilpon — as well as with law firms, hospitals, universities and hotels, to convince lenders to give him $3.5 million for the purchase of the equipment to be leased.

“I made a number of false statements to induce them to send me money,” Conway said. “I knew at that time what I was doing was wrong.”

Conway pocketed most of the money, prosecutors say. He could face up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, and will also have to pay restitution under a plea agreement.

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