Ralph Pecorale, Long Island, New York, a real estate lawyer, has been cleared of mortgage fraud charges after a Brooklyn, New York, Supreme Court judge dismissed an 18-count indictment against him, though the charges against the six other defendants remained in place.
Trial was days away when the charges were dismissed against Pecorale on the Prosecutor’s own motion, according to media reports.
As previously reported by Mortgage Fraud Blog, Thomas Debonis, mortgage broker; Leonard Sudler, mortgage broker; Richard Sudler, mortgage broker; Marco Ramos, recruited straw buyer; Sophia Welsh; and Yves Mathieu, were all charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a Class-C Felony; Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a Class-E Felony; and other charges for their alleged roles in an illegal property flipping scheme.
word and a prosecutor who honors his commitments,” Altchiler said.
“Bobby believed in me from the moment he met me, and I will be grateful to him forever. He was simply relentless in defending me, and kept on coming back at the government
with more and more information, all of which showed I committed no crime. If there’s a better lawyer in the country, I’d like to meet him.”
the case at the investigative and grand jury stages misunderstood the nature of Mr. Pecorale’s law practice. “I kept telling the government they had the wrong impression of
Ralph and that their own evidence did not prove what they thought it did. I told A.D.A. Richard Farrell I was going to prove at trial that Ralph and others at his office had been
defrauded themselves. Farrell was a tough nut to crack, especially because at the outset of the case the prosecutors then in charge of the case believed Ralph was the mastermind of a scheme, which in fact, he was never even involved with at all. In the end, Farrell’s expertise and seniority told him that I was right in connection with a number of factual
issues, that proving Ralph committed any crime whatsoever, was problematic, and that his [Farrell’s] ethical obligations would require the office to dismiss the case. He did his
job the right way. We had a great trial case and were ready to go, but I believe my obligation is to do everything I can to win a case before a lengthy and expensive trial begins.”
relationships and lack of relationships between the parties charged in the investigation, led to the government’s misimpression of Mr. Pecorale, his office, and their respective
roles in the case.
restored to the status he held before being arrested. In short, this case never happened. In truth, this case never should have happened.”