Domenick Crispino, 53, of Tottenville, Staten Island was sentenced to 11 to 22 years in prison on Friday at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. A graduate of Georgetown Law, class of 1987, Crispino was officially disbarred following a felony larceny conviction in 2001. In his latest scheme Crispino pretended to be a legitimate attorney and was convicted of stealing over $1 million via fraudulent real estate deals involving two properties in the Bath Beach and Gravesend sections of Brooklyn.
Justice Alexander Leong sentenced Crispino following his conviction in a jury trial in which he was charged with second- and third-degree larceny and with forging and falsifying business records.
“This defendant can only be described as a financial predator, stealing as much money as he could from as many victims as he could find. Using his knowledge of the law, he repeatedly exploited the victims to enrich himself,” Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
According to the DA’s Investigations Bureau, the crimes took place between February 15, 2011 and June 29, 2015. The first property, located at 35 Bay 7th St., belonged to a 95-year-old owner who desperately wanted to keep the property despite missing mortgage payments. Crispino ended up siphoning off checks totaling $597,750 by forging documents to make it appear he had put the money into an escrow account.
The second property in Gravesend was also facing foreclosure in 2011. Authorities said that on February 15, 2011, Crispino filled a forged deed with the city’s Department of Finance that appeared to transfer the house, worth around $385,000, to Crispino’s company for $10. Crispino then stole down payments from a couple interested in buying the house, and also sold the same house that he never owned to a different couple.