White-Collar Crime

Lawyer accused of bilking real estate investors through false claims of criminal probes takes plea


A New Jersey lawyer accused of participating in a scheme to defraud and extort money from four individuals by falsely claiming they were under criminal investigation has taken a plea.

Thomas G. Frey has pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton to extortion and wire-fraud conspiracy charges, the Sentinel reports.

He was accused of working with a mortgage broker and another person to persuade four individuals, two of them police officers, to hand over money under the guise of legal fees in order to avoid prosecutions related to tax issues and investment properties.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey provides additional details.

Frey will be sentenced at a later date.

See also

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer-CPA Indicted in Alleged Scheme to Bilk Real Estate Investors by Resolving Fake IRS Probe”

MyCentralJersey.com: “Middlesex County attorney pleads guilty to extortion”

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