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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: May 1, 2014

 

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Two indicted in theft of refinance fees

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that two women have been indicted by a grand jury in Middlesex County on charges of accepting more than $75,000 in fees to help refinance mortgages and consolidate credit card debts and then failing to deliver lower payments to 11 customers.

 

††††††††† Harvinder Kaur, also known as Anu Singh, 31, of Carteret, and Huma Halimi, also known as Helen Halimi, 33, of Garden City, N.Y., were named in the 25-count indictment charging them on April 30, 2014 with theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property and conspiring to commit those offenses.

 

††††††††† The two women were indicted following an extensive investigation by Detective Kenneth Freeman Jr. of the Carteret Police Department, Detective Theodore Hamer of the Edison Police Department and Detective Thomas DellaSala of the Woodbridge Police Department.

 

††††††††† The detectives determined that between June 2009 and March 2010, the defendants accepted payments in various amounts and promised to negotiate the refinancing of mortgage payments and/or consolidate customersí credit card debts.

 

The investigation further showed that the defendants, who represented themselves as agents of companies identified as Save My Home and/or Express Home Solutions, failed to negotiate reduced payments for the 11 customers and did not return the fees the customers paid to the defendants.

 

The defendants accepted the customersí payments during meetings at the customersí homes or the homes of the customersí relatives, or at Kaurís home in Carteret.

 

The investigation began after the customers contacted police.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kenneth Freeman Jr. of the Carteret Police Department at (732) 541-3862, Detective Theodore Hamer of the Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7413, or Detective Thomas DellaSala of the Woodbridge Police Department at (732) 602-7315.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, Kaur and Halimi are presumed innocent until proven guilty.