AG indicts man for not having an architect's license

Jason Alexander as George Costanza Getty Images

Jason Alexander as George Costanza Getty Images

According to the Attorney General's office, Newman was not in fact an architect, despite allegedly presenting himself as one between 2010 and 2015.

Schneiderman's office today indicted a NY man named Paul J. Newman for allegedly posing as an architect, despite having no architecture license.

Schneiderman's team trolled the defendant, calling their investigation "Operation Vandelay Industries" - an homage to "Seinfeld" character George Costanza and his phony business.

The Lofts Project, Town of Malta, Saratoga.

The Livingston Project, City and County of Albany.

Newman rendered "fraudulent architecture and design services" for almost a decade, collecting almost $200,000 from over 100 commercial and residential clients in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties, Schneiderman's office charged.

The state attorney general also accuses Newman of issuing false documents and falsely certifying on those documents that he was a licensed architect, when he was not.

"By allegedly falsifying building plans, code compliance inspections and field reports, the defendant jeopardized the safety of those who resided in and frequented the buildings he was contracted to work on", Schneiderman said. In that time, Newman's Cohesion Studios, Inc. of which he was the president and sole employee, was contracted for 6 architectural jobs around the Capital Region, including townhouses, senior living communities and a multifamily apartment building. "Deceptive actions like these erode public trust", Schneiderman said.

The charges leveled against Newman span three counties - Saratoga, Rensselaer and Albany - and include grand larceny, forgery, scheme to fraud, unauthorized practice of a profession, offering a false instrument for filing. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. He faces 58 counts and if found guilty could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

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