A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Long Island Condo Developer For Contempt Of Court
Richard T. Mohrning, Jr. Is Arrested On Long Island after Defying Repeated Court Orders to Pay $215,000 In Restitution
Schneiderman: This Developer Was Arrested For Indifference To The Safety Of His Victims And the Law, Is Still Required to Pay What He Owes
NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Richard T. Mohring, Jr., the developer of the Cambridge Park Condominium on Long Island, was arrested on contempt of court charges for failing to pay $215,000 in restitution to the victims of his and his wife, Deborah Mohring’s fraud.
Today’s arrest by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department comes after the Mohrings failed to abide by three separate court orders last year requiring them to make repairs to the Cambridge Park Condominium, at 711-725 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, New York. The Mohrings, who live and work in Glen Cove, developed and sold apartments in the Cambridge Park Condominium while promising purchasers that they would make repairs to a retaining wall on the property. That promise has festered for years and to this day the wall remains in danger of imminent collapse.
“By their willful inaction and indifference, Richard and Deborah Mohring put the residents of the Cambridge Park Condominium in danger,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “What's more, they have failed to pay the money they owe in open defiance of repeated court orders. This office will not stand by when property developers like the Mohrings cheat homebuyers, put their victims in physical danger and flout court orders.”
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol E. Huff signed warrants for the arrests of Richard Mohring, 58, and Deborah Mohring, 59, last month. Richard Morning, who was released after appearing before the judge, was ordered to make a payment of $50,000 by March 15 or face re-arrest. The arrest warrant against his wife was also vacated pending that deadline.
Attorney General Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the Mohrings and their property development company, R & D Willis Avenue, LLC, in March 2011 and established in court that the business partners pocketed the proceeds of the apartment sales while failing to repair the retaining wall. They also failed to obtain necessary certificates of occupancy for nearly half of the apartments in the condominium, rendering many of them illegal to occupy or rent and virtually impossible to resell.
The Mohrings ignored subsequent court orders to remedy the established fraud and Richard Mohring even filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to get around paying restitution. That filing was dismissed by a federal judge last fall for failure to make all required submissions.
This case is being litigated by Assistant Attorneys General Serwat Farooq and John C. Henry under the supervision of Jeffrey R. Rendin, the Real Estate Finance Bureau’s Chief of Enforcement, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice, Karla G. Sanchez.