STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A real estate lawyer already faces prosecution in a Brooklyn mortgage fraud scheme. He now stands accused of stealing a $75,000 down payment from a Staten Island woman who was selling her house.
Prosecutors say Jarrett Haber, 45,of Hicksville, had already been indicted in Brooklyn, New York — alongside a disgraced rabbi who would later be accused of arranging two murders — when Haber helped himself to the money in 2010.
Haber was representing a friend of his who was selling her Bentley Street home for $475,000, and the buyer had placed $75,000 in an escrow account as a down payment, prosecutors allege.
On July 29, 2010, the date of the closing, the money wasn’t there, authorities allege.
Haber told investigators the money was stolen from him, a law enforcement source said.
With a friend like this….