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A Queens scandal that threatens to engulf Rep. Gregory Meeks has an unusual collateral victim — the US Cricket Team.

The captain of the up-and-coming squad, Steve Massiah, was arrested for participating in a $50 million mortgage-fraud scheme allegedly run by Edul Ahmad — a Meeks donor under federal indictment.

Ahmad — who gave Meeks $40,000 in 2007 — would recruit promising cricket players from his native Guyana, hook them up with local cricket clubs and employ them in his scheme as straw buyers, court records charge.

By day, they would “work” for Ahmad’s Century 21 realty office in Ozone Park. During off hours, they could be found on the pitches of Queens, where many Caribbean-born players compete in the 400-year-old British sport.

Some even participated in the annual Ed Ahmad Cricket Cup in Queens, one of the proving grounds for the national team.

Massiah, 32, an Ahmad employee, became captain of the US Cricket Team — and his Nov. 22 arrest has thrown the squad into turmoil.

“I’m concerned,” said one team official.

Massiah was busted along with two real-estate colleagues. His passport was confiscated, and he seems certain to miss an important March qualifying tournament in Dubai.

The batsman is said to be furious with Ahmad.

“He’s so mad he wants to kill Ed Ahmad,” said an insider in the Queens Guyanese community.


Massiah, who did not respond to requests for comment, has entered into plea negotiations with the US Attorney’s Office, court records show.

Also charged were Qayaam Farrouq, 42, who plays in a New York cricket league, and Mohamed Gurmohamed, 58. Both were real-estate salesmen in Ahmad’s office.

Ahmad was arrested in July, and he’s also discussing a plea deal with the feds. Authorities are interested in what he might tell about the $40,000 he gave Meeks in 2007, which the congressman didn’t disclose until the FBI questioned Ahmad about it. The House Ethics Committee is currently probing whether it was an illegal gift.

The three cricket-playing salesmen seemed integral to Ahmad’s alleged scheme.

They are accused of falsifying mortgage documents, increasing the value of the properties they were allegedly buying, and also making themselves seem more creditworthy, according to court documents.

In Massiah’s case, he applied for a $292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, falsely saying he earned $6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he intended to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad paid him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits. City records show it was sold for $413,400.


Ahmad, both a broker and loan officer, is accused of participating in 163 suspect loans with Countrywide in 2006 and 2007 alone and has been eyed in a total of 361 shady property deals. He made a killing on sales commissions and excessive loan fees, the feds say.

Ahmad, 44, immigrated to the United States as a young man and opened several businesses, including his real-estate office and a mortgage company.

Among the cricket players he hired to sell real estate was Lennox Cush, a Guyana native and former member of the US team. Massiah and Cush have both played in Ahmad’s tournaments.

Ahmad became an important cricket supporter in the city, starting his tournament in 2003. The competition pitted teams representing Caribbean countries against one another and would draw some 1,000 fans to its final game.

“He was definitely seen as an icon of sorts — someone who was actually able to get things done,” said Lester Hooper, cricket director for the New York City region.

Ahmad became pals with politicians, including Meeks, state Sen. John Sampson and Bharrat Jagdeo, the former president of Guyana.

melissa.klein@nypost.com


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In Massiah’s case, he applied for a $292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, falsely saying he earned $6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he intended to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad paid him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits. City records show it was sold for $413,400.



Where is the crime?
The bank would have a lien on the property and get their money back.
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Originally posted by TI:
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In Massiah’s case, he applied for a $292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, falsely saying he earned $6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he intended to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad paid him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits. City records show it was sold for $413,400.



Where is the crime?
The bank would have a lien on the property and get their money back.


If he stopped making payments or did not make any payments on the mortgage how Ahmad was able to sell the bank's property?? Something here is not clear.
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Originally posted by TI:
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In Massiah’s case, he applied for a $292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, falsely saying he earned $6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he intended to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad paid him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits. City records show it was sold for $413,400.



Where is the crime?
The bank would have a lien on the property and get their money back.


The crime is fraud, PERIOD
All these bastards should go to jail for life
Very poor reporting --- who the heck was the insider? Why smear a man's name this way. The reporter should have done his homework and get the facts.


“He’s so mad he wants to kill Ed Ahmad,” said an insider in the Queens Guyanese community.
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Originally posted by TI:
Who was defrauded?
Come on TI ... these guys are crooks ... it worries me that you defend them dude.

Guys like these are responsible for Fannie Mae going belly up and property values today falling by 30%. The fact that your property is worth less today than it was 5 years ago is because of scamps like Ed Ahmad.
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Originally posted by Nuff:
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Originally posted by TI:
Who was defrauded?
Come on TI ... these guys are crooks ... it worries me that you defend them dude.

Guys like these are responsible for Fannie Mae going belly up and property values today falling by 30%. The fact that your property is worth less today than it was 5 years ago is because of scamps like Ed Ahmad.


can One man be responsible for the property value today. I think not..

There are a lot of factors involed:
A low American dollar

Unemployment

lack of production in the manufacturing sector

Jobs going overseas.

Insurance companies ripping off the people

heavy cost of the gulf war.

and George Bush!
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Originally posted by Nuff:
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Originally posted by TI:
Who was defrauded?
Come on TI ... these guys are crooks ... it worries me that you defend them dude.

Guys like these are responsible for Fannie Mae going belly up and property values today falling by 30%. The fact that your property is worth less today than it was 5 years ago is because of scamps like Ed Ahmad.


Not defending nobody, but who got defrauded in this transaction?

The bank has a lien on this property that sold for 3 times the mortgage note. No sale could go through without the bank releasing the note or repossessing the property.
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Originally posted by TI:
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In Massiah’s case, he applied for a $292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, falsely saying he earned $6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he intended to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad paid him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits. City records show it was sold for $413,400.



Where is the crime?
The bank would have a lien on the property and get their money back.
He lied and he conspired to enrich himself on fraudulent loan representations. I stated he was doing that over 10 years ago when he beat up lil Birdie as did many others on this very site. His demise began around that time as they aired their dirty deeds in their tit for tat calling of the police and snitching to on each other. It brought the FBI on to scrutinize his loans. He did not stop so they caught him red handed. His deal will save him some loot but when he come out in 15 years he will still have a lot of probation to serve.
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Originally posted by TI:
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Originally posted by Nuff:
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Originally posted by TI:
Who was defrauded?
Come on TI ... these guys are crooks ... it worries me that you defend them dude.

Guys like these are responsible for Fannie Mae going belly up and property values today falling by 30%. The fact that your property is worth less today than it was 5 years ago is because of scamps like Ed Ahmad.


Not defending nobody, but who got defrauded in this transaction?

The bank has a lien on this property that sold for 3 times the mortgage note. No sale could go through without the bank releasing the note or repossessing the property.
Ed and Steve lied to get a loan

Falsyfying a loan is a federal crime. Now it appears they falsified hundreds of loans to get monies which was federally provided via the banks.

This is a federal crime. We are talking big time crime. You never mess with the feds. This is like bank robbery.
So you are saying the crime is lying?

The bank suffered no loss, and because of market value the man made a profit. If MV had tanked, he would have made a loss.

So this has nothing to do with defrauding anyone, this is about lying?
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Originally posted by D2:
[He lied and he conspired to enrich himself on fraudulent loan representations. I stated he was doing that over 10 years ago when he beat up lil Birdie as did many others on this very site. His demise began around that time as they aired their dirty deeds in their tit for tat calling of the police and snitching to on each other. It brought the FBI on to scrutinize his loans. He did not stop so they caught him red handed. His deal will save him some loot but when he come out in 15 years he will still have a lot of probation to serve.
The feds will strip him of all of his wealth ... except that which he hid in Guyana under Jagdeo and the PPP. He will emerge a pauper when all is done.

I recall 10 years ago when I was writing on GN&I and I posted an article where Chronicle labeled him the richest guyanese in the USofA. This was when he was giving funding big time to the PPP and claiming it was his money when in fact it was from public fund raising efforts.
TI

Nuff said NUFF

Read and try to be more educated.

Then comment.


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Originally posted by TI:
So you are saying the crime is lying?

The bank suffered no loss, and because of market value the man made a profit. If MV had tanked, he would have made a loss.

So this has nothing to do with defrauding anyone, this is about lying?
If I try to get educated on this forum, then I would actually end up more stupid than I am.

So far nobody can tell me who lost money here.
Did the bank lose money? Did the federal government lose money?

Is the charge about lying?
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Originally posted by TI:
So you are saying the crime is lying?

The bank suffered no loss, and because of market value the man made a profit. If MV had tanked, he would have made a loss.

So this has nothing to do with defrauding anyone, this is about lying?
The crime is falsyfying legal documents.

Do you know if you lie on your green card application you can get exported.

You cannot falsify legal documents.
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Originally posted by TI:
If I try to get educated on this forum, then I would actually end up more stupid than I am.

So far nobody can tell me who lost money here.
Did the bank lose money? Did the federal government lose money?

Is the charge about lying?
TI ... what don't you understand?

IT IS A CRIME TO FALSIFY LOAN APPLICATIONS TO ACCESS FEDERAL FUNDS AS WITH FANNIE MAE.
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Originally posted by TI:
If I try to get educated on this forum, then I would actually end up more stupid than I am.

So far nobody can tell me who lost money here.
Did the bank lose money? Did the federal government lose money?

Is the charge about lying?
I am not interested in who lost money. I am interested in who lied to make a profit by presenting fraudulent loans. He know they have his behind good and proper so he is trying to cut a deal. Unfortunately, the feds want all that he has in compensation since it is estimated his fraud covered some 50 million. Of course he is being over charged but that is how prosecutors gain the upper hand in pleadings. He will have to profess his sins, implicate his buddies and even his low level w2 fabricators many of whom remain uncharged and cut his deal.
TI ... you ask what crime the man committed.

Think about this ... if he didn't commit a crime why is he plea bargaining to avoid 30 years in jail.

THink about that ... he broke the law.
I understand that. So the charge is falsifying a loan application?

However, where is the fraud? Did they collect mortgage money and walk away allowing the house to go into foreclosure, and thus defrauded the bank?
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Originally posted by TI:
I understand that. So the charge is falsifying a loan application?

However, where is the fraud? Did they collect mortgage money and walk away allowing the house to go into foreclosure, and thus defrauded the bank?
The fraud was Ed stating Steve was employed by him and Ed falsifying documents which gave the perception that Steve was making more money than he was actually making in order to be eligble for a loan.

Ed forged Steve's paycheck and federal income tax info and lied about his income so that they could reap the benefits of federally funded loans ... which Ed gained illicitly then Ed turned around and sold the same home for twice the buying price 2 months later.

Now if that isn't breaking the law, what is?
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Originally posted by Chief:
As far as I am concerened the feds are looking to get Congressman Meeks and if Ed admit that the 40k was not a loan then Ed will walk or get a reduced sentence.
Agreed ... but Ed wil not walk. He just wont get 30 years. He will probably get 5-10 years. But he will serve time. This is a federal crime he comitted.

Essentially Ed will squeal on Meeks .. and if he squeals on Meeks he is a snitch and will probably squeal on deals he did with the PPP and Jagdeo. He will give up more than just Meeks to get a reduced sentence.
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Originally posted by Chief:
Without a doubt he will serve time!!
As I said the Feds are not interested so much in all the fraud they are more concerned about canning a Congressman.
Ed will more than likely also have to give information to the feds about his wealth in Guyana and whatever else goes along with it. Any sweetheart deals he made with the Guyana ruling party. His gold shipment license, his properties/business in Guyana on the Gov't owned Mirror property, his shipping down of US$100K of hardware for Jagdeo to build his Pradoville mansion.

Put 2 and 2 together ... if he gave Meeks US$40K for the inside track to some property or wealth in Queens NY .... what did his US$100K worth of goods to Jagdeo involve. The man has shown the propensity to use his money to buy public officials.
TI ... look at the bold part of the following post.

In Massiah’s case, he applied for a US$292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, New York falsely stating he earned US$6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he planned to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad compensated him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits, the Post report said. City records show it was sold for US$413,400.
The one who started this post is a real KUTNEE and throwing stones while he and his Dad live in glass house,he started this topic and remain like a little mouse.Ed and Steve would follow up with your allegation OR TOPIC,this is serious boy.
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Originally posted by TI:
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In Massiah’s case, he applied for a $292,500 loan from Countrywide in 2007 to a buy a home in Jamaica, falsely saying he earned $6,650 a month as a manager at Ahmad’s catering company, court papers show.

He said he intended to live in the Jamaica home, when in reality he was buying the property with Ahmad. Ahmad paid him for participating in the scheme, government documents show.

Massiah didn’t make any mortgage payments, and the home was sold two months later, presumably with Ahmad pocketing the profits. City records show it was sold for $413,400.



Where is the crime?
The bank would have a lien on the property and get their money back.


The crime is the obvious $129,900.00 inflated price 2 months after the initial sale. I think it is called pump & dump.