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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Robert Morgan Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud Conspiracy

CONTACT: Barbara Burns   
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Robert Morgan pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Evan Glaberson and Paul Parisi, who are handling the case, stated that Morgan was the manager of Morgan Ellison Heights LLC, which was the majority owner of Ellison Heights Apartments LLC. In September 2016, Morgan, along with one or more co-conspirators, caused ESL Federal Credit Union to issue a construction loan based on inaccurate information regarding the construction contract price. Morgan saw and was aware of documents reflecting inaccurate information and agreed, along with one or more co-conspirators, for that information to be submitted to ESL to obtain a larger amount of the construction loan than what would have otherwise been supported by the actual figures.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Manchak, Northeast Region.  

Sentencing is scheduled for July 22, 2022, before Judge Wolford.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated April 18, 2022