DA Vance: Enrique Guerrero Sentenced to State Prison for Stealing From Individuals Seeking Low-Income Housing

August 18, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of ENRIQUE GUERRERO, 26, to 3-to-6 years in prison for stealing $16,000 from victims seeking affordable housing in Washington Heights and Westchester County. On July 14, 2015 GUERRERO pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

“Five families seeking housing last fall entrusted Enrique Guerrero with their money, only to have their savings depleted and their dream of an affordable home crushed,” said District Attorney Vance. “This isn’t the first time the defendant has taken advantage of hard-working New Yorkers – he has a prior conviction for a similar housing scam. Schemes like this deprive victims of the funds needed to secure their next place to live, and cause unnecessary hardship. If you or someone you know has been the victim of this type of housing fraud, I urge you to call my Office’s Financial Frauds Hotline at 212-335-8900.”

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, from October 25, 2014, through November 18, 2014, GUERRERO stole $16,000 from five victims seeking affordable housing in Washington Heights and Westchester County through the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8. In each case, GUERRERO posed as a representative of a government housing agency that could facilitate these requests, and claimed that he could help the victims in exchange for cash payments ranging from $3,000 to $4,500. GUERRERO signed notarized agreements with each victim in a Washington Heights office, promising them the lease and keys to an apartment within one month of receiving their payments. However, once GUERRERO received the payments, he stopped answering the victims’ phone calls, and never provided them with housing. 

Assistant District Attorney Philip Gary handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Trial Preparation Assistant Timothy Davis assisted with the investigation.

District Attorney Vance thanked the members of the NYPD’s 34th Precinct for its assistance with the case.

Defendant Information:

New York, NY    

•    Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

•    3-to-6 years in state prison