Fake architect named Newman busted in ‘Operation Vandelay Industries’

ALBANY, NY (AP) — A fake architect named Newman has pleaded guilty to fraud after an investigation New York’s attorney general dubbed “Operation Vandelay Industries.”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says Paul J. Newman had rendered fraudulent architectural services since 2010 in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. Schneiderman said Wednesday that Newman pleaded guilty to six felonies including grand larceny and fraud. Victims included municipalities and businesses.

Newman is expected to be sentenced to 2-1/3 to 7 years in state prison and pay more than $115,000 in restitution.

Schneiderman dubbed the operation to nab Newman “Vandelay Industries” in reference to a long-running joke on “Seinfeld” about a fictional company by that name. A character named Newman was Jerry’s nemesis on the sitcom.

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