NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A south Jersey town's public
defender is among 11 people from five states charged in an alleged $15 million
mortgage fraud scheme.
Seth Fuscellaro is a lawyer who also represented defendants in Lower
Township Manager Mike Voll tells The Press of Atlantic City the township is
seeking Fuscellaro's resignation.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says defendants from New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, George and Alabama schemed to create false documents and use
straw buyers to persuade lenders to give them $15 million for oceanfront
properties that were worth far less.
All the defendants face wire fraud-related charges, and several face money
laundering counts. One is charged with the attempted murder of a straw buyer who
was a witness to the alleged scheme.