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Oct 9, 2018 11:36 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi Returns To Federal Court On New Fraud Charges

Former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi at his last court appearance at Suffolk County Court in Riverhead in March 2018. FILE PHOTO
Oct 9, 2018 11:51 AM

Former Suffolk County Legislator George O. Guldi, who was released from a six-year prison sentence last July, returned to federal courts in both Manhattan and Vermont last month, and is facing new criminal charges.

According to court documents, Mr. Guldi and a co-defendant, identified as Victoria Davidson, appeared in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, September 26, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Nertburn to face charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy.

On Tuesday, September 25, Mr. Guldi, who served eight years as a Suffolk County legislator—from 1995 to 2003—was also prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont on the same charges.

The charges, outlined in federal court documents, allege Mr. Guldi and Ms. Davidson of attempting to fraudulently pocket more than $253,000 from an unidentified mortgage lending firm.

Their intentions were unveiled during several phone calls, recorded by state correction officials in 2017, in which Mr. Guldi and Ms. Davidson discussed their plan while Mr. Guldi was incarcerated. Court papers show that the money was wired to Ms. Davidson’s bank account in April 2018. She later spent more than $61,000 to pay taxes, medical bills, parking tickets, and child support.

Mr. Guldi was notified of the $253,000 payment in 2017 after receiving a letter from the mortgage firm, while serving his 4- to 12-year prison sentence at the Marcy Correctional Facility in Upstate New York, court papers state.

Prior state grand larceny charges, filed in 2011, found Mr. Guldi guilty of an $82 million mortgage scam, which he plead guilty to last year. The former legislator was also found to have pocketed approximately $870,000 in insurance monies, which were issued to either rebuild his Westhampton Beach home after it burned down, or pay off the 1.2 million that was owed on his outstanding mortgage. The Griffing Avenue home later went into foreclosure and was torn down by the village in 2015 after becoming an eyesore.

Mr. Guldi could not be reached and Ms. Davidson’s attorney, Joseph R. Matteo of New York City-based Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld LLP, did not immediately return phone calls on Tuesday.

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