Fake Architect Cops To Caper With Seinfeldian Overtones

Law360, New York (June 14, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT) -- An upstate New York man accused of passing himself off in Seinfeldian fashion as an architect despite not having the credentials since 2010 has admitted defrauding construction companies, cities and others, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday.

In a case dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries," Schneiderman says that Paul J. Newman, 49, falsely told clients that he was an architect and drafted architectural renderings on more than 100 projects, earning more than $200,000 across three upstate New York counties.

Newman agreed this week to plead guilty to six felony counts, including grand larceny, forgery, unauthorized practice of a profession and...

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