Long Island Business Loan Brokers Arrested in Bust

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Suffolk County PoliceThe owner of a Long Island based ISO/loan brokerage and several employees have been arrested, Newsday reports. Demetrios Boudourakis, whom deBanked has previously reported on, is charged with grand larceny, money laundering and other crimes for his role in an advance fee loan scheme. Boudourakis allegedly led a fraud ring that stole more than $2 million from small business owners nationwide. Six other defendants have also been charged with related crimes. They include Nadim Afzali of Hicksville, Tanya Balbi of Farmingdale, Christopher Looney of Bethpage, Joseph Johnson of Brentwood, Jude Brun of Elmont, and Michelle Soccodato of Hicksville.

thechargesThe investigation began last year and involved numerous agencies, including the Suffolk and Nassau police and sheriff’s departments, New York State Police, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to Newsday, “Boudourakis and his associates, through the dark web, obtained the names of people who had been denied loans. They would then call those people to tell them they had qualified for loans but would have to pay interest and fees upfront.”

According to Long Island Business News, law enforcement agents who executed search warrants at several locations recovered electronic equipment, three handguns, a sawed-off shotgun and a pill press. The investigation leading up to the bust included court-authorized eavesdropping and audits of financial records and physical and electronic surveillance.

Previously, deBanked reported that JTT Funding, Boudourakis’ company, had been accused of forging a Confession of Judgment and impersonating rival companies. Those were civil cases, not criminal cases. Court records show that those cases remain ongoing.

Among the company names the ring used in the alleged scheme were Federal Business Lenders, Federal Business Funding, JTT Funding, JTT Global Holdings, Inc. Blackrock Funders, Inc. and Blackrock, Inc. It is possible that some of those names closely resemble names of competitors and the actual companies have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Boudourakis is a retired MMA fighter. His nickname in the ring was “The Tyrant.”

Last modified: September 14, 2019

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