Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Long Running Scam Comes to an End

Ten years ago to the month, Harris Poulikidis was sued by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon for defrauding homeowners.  He apparently did not learn his lesson as the following press release was issued by the Dept. of Justice on March 16.  Poulikidis now faces ten years in prison without parole.



For Immediate Release
March 16, 2010 United States Attorney's Office
Western District of Missouri
Contact: (816) 426-3122




Overland Park Man Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Overland Park, Kan., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to actions taken as part of a bank fraud scheme that forced several low-income homeowners into bankruptcy by saddling them with more debt than they were able to repay.

Harris Poulikidis, 62, of Overland Park, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to causing an individual to travel across state lines as part of a fraud scheme.

Poulikidis admitted that he caused a homeowner to obtain a $61,500 loan from Fremont Investment and Loan to refinance a mortgage and to provide approximately $19,350 in home improvements by Poulikidis’ company, Roofing & Siding Plus. On the same day, Poulikidis caused the homeowner to obtain a second mortgage, a $9,000 loan from his company. The second mortgage was later sold to another financial company.

Poulikidis assured the homeowner that her new payments under the re-financing would be no more than, or less than, what she was paying previously. In reality, however, the monthly payments increased so much that the homeowner could not afford them and filed for bankruptcy.
The loan application for the first mortgage did not disclose the second mortgage loan being sought from the homeowner. Fremont Investment and Loan would not have made the loan had it known of the second mortgage.

Under federal statutes, Poulikidis is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution to six homeowners. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Daniel Stewart. It was investigated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

5 comments:

  1. this fellow did the same scams in long island new york in the 70's

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    1. He's still doing them. His new business is elite Windows and siding at 401 north ridgeview Olathe Kansas 66061.

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  2. He hides behind his wife, faith, and son, kosta. Elite Windows and siding is a front for Harris Poulikidis to continue his scams on the public

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  3. "Mr. Harris" as he goes by is a total crook. I've seen him in action. The entire elite windows and siding team are the textbook definition of bad contractors. Absolutely deplorable people.

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    1. Thanks for the information. Just had a quote from them on some window work needed at my house. Welcome any recommendations for good window deals in Olathe KS

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