Two attorneys who pleaded guilty to their roles in separate mortgage fraud schemes have been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate court. The Appellate Division, Second Department, on Nov. 28 disbarred John A. Reynolds of Dix Hills and Maurizio Lancia of Trumbull, Conn., for their felony convictions in connection to mortgage fraud schemes.
Lancia pleaded guilty in October 2010 in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to one count of wire fraud for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. In April 2011, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison, two years of post-release supervision and restitution of more than $135,000. Presiding Justice Randall Eng (See Profile) and Justices William Mastro (See Profile), Reinaldo Rivera (See Profile), Peter Skelos (See Profile) and Sandra Sgroi (See Profile) sat on the panel in Matter of Lancia, 2012-06817.
In January 2012, Reynolds pleaded guilty before Acting Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen (See Profile) to scheming to defraud in the first degree, an E felony. Reynolds admitted that between January 2008 and April 2009 he participated in a scam to get mortgage loan proceeds through the use of fraudulent documentation. Justices Sheri Roman (See Profile), Eng, Mastro, Rivera and Skelos sat on the panel in Matter of Reynolds, 2012-05562.