Egon Linzenberg, Hillburn, NY, was sentenced by County Court Judge Victor J. Alfieri, Jr. in the Rockland County Court to 1-3 years in state prison. The defendant was convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree (1 count); Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree (2 counts) and Forgery in the 2nd Degree (4 counts) after an eight-day jury trial last January.
The defendant had been charged with stealing the house he shared with his estranged and long time common law wife and one of their three sons. By forging multiple documents, the defendant illegally and secretly removed his wife’s name from the deed to the home, leaving title to the shared house in only his name. He then fraudulently refinanced the house, again using forged documents, and took and spent all of the proceeds from the refinance. The house, located at 82 Regina Road, Monsey, New York, is currently in foreclosure. The forged documents included a power of attorney and various real estate and mortgage documents.
In addition to being sentenced to 1-3 years on each of the seven counts, the defendant was ordered to pay $226,000 in restitution. At the time of sentencing the defendant paid a total of $200,000 of the total restitution, which will be turned over to the victim of this crime. The defendant, who has been in the Rockland County Correctional Facility since the jury verdict was returned on January 20, 2009, was again remanded to the custody of the Rockland County Sheriff.
The defendant had founded the Ramapo Valley Brewery in Hillburn which specialized in kosher for Passover beer.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that
The conviction was the result of an investigation by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit. The case was tried by Executive Assistant District Attorney Gary
Lee Heavner and Assistant District Attorney Robert Trudell.