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Fraud Indictment Accuses Lawyer of Hiding Superfund Status of Property

Posted Nov 8, 2010 10:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York State lawyer who represented both the buyer and seller in the sale of a paper mill has been indicted on federal fraud charges for alleged failure to disclose that the property was a Superfund cleanup site.

Saratoga Springs lawyer John Hogan Jr., 75, faces seven fraud charges for his work in the $1 million sale of the former American Tissue Co. Mills in Middle Falls, according to the Times Union, the Post Star and the Saratogian. The seven fraud counts relate to e-mails between Hogan and the buyers and a corporate filing submitted by Hogan.

The indictment alleges the Environmental Protection Agency asked Hogan to set up a meeting with the would-be buyer, but he didn’t oblige. It also accuses him of asking EPA personnel to stay away from the site during a buyer's tour of the property, according to the Saratogian story.

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