YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Three clients were scammed out of $300,000 by a self-employed consultant from Englewood Cliffs and her daughter, an indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack alleges.
Between May 2009 and April of last year, Anna Lee and her daughter, Jennifer Lee of downtown Manhattan schemed to bilk the victims in loan modification agreements for their houses or apartments involving services that they said included attorney’s fees, escrow funds and processing costs, authorities charge.
Anna Lee laundered the money through her business, Donche Consulting Corporation, while Jennifer Lee did the same through her personal bank accounts, then both used it for themselves, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said following their arrests a year ago.
Some of the properties in Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park and Trenton went into foreclosure as a result, he said.
Molinelli said the investigation was conducted by his White Collar Crimes Squad in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Office of Criminal Investigation.
The resulting indictment charges both women with money laundering.
Six more counts name Anna Lee alone — for theft by deception and state tax fraud, among other offenses.
She and her daughter remained free on $75,000 bail each, posted hours after their April 14, 2014 arrests.
MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE