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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CPA Charged With Bank Fraud For Providing Inflated Tax Returns To Client To Use To Defraud Lenders

            An Information[1] was unsealed today charging Barry Horrow, 68, of Glenn Mills with 4 counts of bank fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

            The information alleges that Horrow, a Certified Public Accountant who owned and operated his own accounting company, Horrow and Associates, which operated in both Delaware and West Chester Counties, committed bank fraud by helping one of his clients, George Barnard of Newtown Square (who owned Capital Financial Mortgage Corporation (“CFMC”) and who was charged previously in an indictment with various offenses stemming from a $13 million fraud scheme who owned) to defraud lenders into issuing mortgages for 3 multi-million dollar New Jersey Shore beach mansions and a yacht based on false information. Specifically, the information alleges that Horrow repeatedly provided false tax returns for Barnard to submit to lenders on which Horrow inflated Barnard’s income by hundreds of thousands of dollars, when Horrow knew that the lenders were going to be relying upon the inflated income figures in approving Barnard’s loan requests. The information also alleges that Horrow purported to conduct audits of CFMC, when in reality Horrow did not conduct any audits, and that he issued false audit reports that he knew were being submitted to lenders to help secure loans for both CMFC and Barnard.

            Horrow faces a maximum sentence of 120 years’ imprisonment, a five-year period of supervised release, a $4,000,000 fine, a $400 special assessment, and a likely advisory sentencing guideline range of 51 – 63 months’ imprisonment. The information also seeks the forfeiture of over $2,965,000.

            The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigative Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.


[1]              An Indictment or Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

Updated September 8, 2016