ZUGIBE SAYS WOMAN DUPED TRUSTING HOMEOWNERS

From Rockland DA’s Office

Sonia Dixon, 42-years-old, of 30 Dunnigan Drive, Pomona, has been arrested and arraigned on one count of grand larceny in the third degree, a class “D” felony, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe announced this week.

Zugibe said that Dixon duped homeowners in financial trouble with promises to help their situation. Specifically, she is accused of taking $13,900 from five different households, agreeing to perform loan modifications for their individual residential mortgages, and then pocketing the money.

According to the charges, the defendant did not process any paperwork on behalf of the victimized homeowners. Dixon’s arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit.

The defendant was arraigned in the Town of Clarkstown Justice Court by the Honorable Craig Johns and released on her own recognizance. She is due to return to court on December 19, 2012. If convicted, the defendant faces up to seven years in prison. Although not in effect at the time of the crime charged, following new legislation New York State law now prohibits up-front monies from being paid for loan modification applications.