Ex-Ridgewood Resident Sentenced for Real Estate Schemes

Taya Romano fleeces two couples by promising returns on Oklahoma real estate ventures and now faces prison time.

A former Ridgewood woman was sentenced to four years in prison for mastermining a real estate scheme that bilked millions from two New Jersey families, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Monday.

Taya Romano, 36, of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty in July to wire fraud conspiracy charges on Monday. 

U.S District Court Judge Phillip G. Sheridan ordered Romano to serve 48 months in prison, three years of probation, and must pay $4.7 million in restitution.

Fishman said Romano in 2008 and 2009 conspired with her then-husband to defraud two sets of family friends by convincing them to invest in Oklahoma real estate properties and never returning their money.

"Romano solicited a series of investments from each of the two sets of family friends, obtaining a total of $1,032,750 from one couple and $890,000 from the other couple," the U.S. Attorney said. "Romano and her husband did not use these funds for the purposes for which they had represented."

jp1 February 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Who really cares about this story?
jp1 February 12, 2013 at 03:19 PM
It happened in Oklahoma and family members how and why is this news in Ridgewood?
jp1 February 13, 2013 at 06:18 PM
The crimes were in Oklahoma so it still has nothing to do with Ridgewood, it just is not news worthy.


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