Pair pleads guilty to falsifying Delco deeds

Two Chester residents pleaded guilty on Wednesday, June 29, to all charges against them relating to a multi-year conspiracy to file false deeds on homes throughout Delaware County.

Steven Hameed, 57, and Darnell Young, 48, also admitted filing false tax forms against judges, law enforcement, and other government employees to try to intimidate and harass them in the course of their official duties, said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger in a press release.

According to the Indictment, the defendants filed false land deeds with the Delaware County Recorder of Deeds Office in an attempt to claim ownership of homes owned by the government or by banks, and then to live in the homes, or rent and sell the homes to unsuspecting persons, for their own financial gain.

The indictment further charges that the defendants filed hundreds of false tax forms against police officers, judges, and other government employees to try to harass and intimidate them in the course of their duties. Hameed and Young also pleaded guilty to creating a false financial bond, which they mailed to a Realtor in an attempt to purchase property, the release said.

The defendants face substantial periods of incarceration, five-year periods of supervised release, restitution and substantial fines. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage scheduled sentencing for Sept. 28, the release said.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's  Office of Inspector General, the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Delaware County Detectives, the Aston Police Department, and the Upper Darby Police Department.

 

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