New York developer agrees to pay $670,000 in Burlington County liens and taxes: prosecutor
A New York developer’s five-year prison sentence has been suspended in exchange for paying back $670,000 in unpaid liens and taxes in Burlington County.
The payments came in conjunction with the Wednesday, April 6, conviction of Raphael S. Weiss, 61, of Brooklyn, for forgery and computer activity in exchange for a five-year suspended prison sentence, according to the county prosecutor. of Burlington, Scott. Coffin.
The developer purchased a historic commercial building in Riverside Township to create luxury apartments. He transferred ownership of the property under his condemnation agreement, a move that will allow work on the seven-story monument to resume under a new developer, Coffina said.
Weiss, who pleaded guilty in January, admitted to using the credentials of a potential subcontractor to fraudulently obtain approval for electrical permits from the township building office.
The investigation began in 2020 after a contractor who was negotiating with Weiss to be the electrical subcontractor for the Keystone Watch Case Co. building redevelopment project noticed that electrical work had begun at the North Pavilion Avenue site, even though no formal deal had been finalized and he hadn’t applied for any permits, Coffina said.
After being refused access to the construction site by Weiss, the electrician went to the township building office and was told that 36 permits had already been issued in his name and in the name of his company. for work to be done on the property, says Coffina.
Further examination revealed that the electrician’s signature had been forged on the permits, which had been requested by Weiss, and that a counterfeit version of the state-issued embossing seal had been used to make an imprint, said the prosecutor.
The investigation was led by detectives from the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit and the Riverside Township Police Department. Lead investigators are BCPO Detective Nicholas Schieber and Riverside Lt. Louis Fisher.
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