NYC Register Fooled By Fake $150M Deal Involving Ivanka Trump And Hillary Clinton

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 June 16, 2024

A staggering case of real estate fraud involving fake deeds and high-profile names has surfaced in Manhattan.

The NYC Register's office was duped into believing that Ivanka Trump and Hillary Clinton were partners in a $150 million Manhattan real estate transaction.

The elaborate hoax began when fraudulent deeds were erroneously filed by the NYC Register’s office. These documents falsely stated that Ivanka Trump, Hillary Clinton, and an unknown individual named Louis Reyes had partnered to buy aerial and underground rights to two prestigious Manhattan properties.

The properties in question were the University Club and a sumptuous duplex condo at Central Park Tower, commonly referred to as "Sky House."

Intriguingly, the fake deeds were authorized by city clerks on May 16 and surfaced amidst ongoing battles against deed fraud in New York City.

Detecting Fraud In Manhattan's Luxury Real Estate

Shortly after the authorization of the deceptive documents, Adelaide Polsinelli, a noted real estate broker with Compass, identified the filing as suspicious.

"It’s frightening to think real estate documents can be so easily manipulated that every city clerk involved overlooked such an obvious fake," she remarked, highlighting the potential ease of committing fraud in the system.

Such events underline a worrying trend in the real estate sector where luxe listings like the Sky House, spanning 11,535 square feet with eight bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, valued at $150 million, can become instruments in fraudulent schemes.

City Register’s Vigilance Against Deed Theft

Following the alarm raised by The New York Post, the City Register's office quickly retracted the fake deeds from their files. "The City Register reviews all recordings for signs of deed fraud and make referrals where appropriate to the Sheriff’s Office and to prosecuting attorney offices," said Ryan Lavis, spokesperson for the city Department of Finance.

This incident occurs in the backdrop of a larger crusade against deed theft in New York City. Over the last decade, approximately 3,500 fraudulent deeds have been scrutinized, reflecting a serious challenge in urban real estate management.

New Measures to Combat Real Estate Fraud

In response to such frauds, Governor Kathy Hochul last year enacted legislation aimed at assisting victims of deed theft. The law facilitates the process for rightful property owners to reclaim their assets, aiming to restore trust and integrity in the city’s real estate dealings.

This legislation comes as a relief amidst the chaos and serves as a stricter deterrent against potential fraudsters aiming to exploit the real estate market’s lucrative margins.

Implications for Trump and Clinton

Despite their names being used in the fraudulent documents, representatives for both Hillary Clinton and organizations associated with Trump have remained tight-lipped, offering no responses to queries regarding the incident.

The scandal throws into relief the vulnerabilities in the system that even individuals of high repute can unwittingly become embroiled in controversies not of their own doing.

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