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COURIER L 10 IFE, MAY 14-20, 2021
An artist beautifi es a bull for the upcoming CowParade. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Sunset lawyer sentenced
for stealing client funds
BY JESSICA PARKS
A 71-year-old Sunset Park lawyer
was sentenced to one to three years in
prison after pleading guilty to stealing
$280,000 in from clients in two separate
real estate transactions.
Edmundo Roman-Perez pleaded
guilty to second-degree grand larceny
on Dec. 15, 2020 after being indicted earlier
that year, at which time he faced up
to 15 years for four counts of grand
larceny and fi ve counts of issuing bad
checks in February.
An investigation by the Brooklyn
District Attorney’s offi ce found the real
estate lawyer stole $135,000 from clients
he represented in the sale of their twofamily
home in Sunset Park in late 2018
— using the buyer’s down payment for
his personal gain instead of putting the
deposit in his attorney escrow account
until the closing date as agreed upon.
Prosecutors said Roman-Perez later
issued a bounced check to clients in the
amount of the down payment when the
house closed in March 2019 and never
paid his clients back the money owed.
Roman-Perez also represented three
brothers in the sale of their home in
Dyker Heights around the same time
and similarly took a down payment of
$150,000 for himself. He again issued a
bounced check in an attempt to cover
On top of his charges in Brooklyn,
Roman-Perez also pleaded guilty in November
2020 to one count of third-degree
grand larceny in Staten Island for
stealing client funds. Prosecutors say
that he will serve one to three year’s
imprisonment concurrently with his
BY LLOYD MITCHELL
Cows will be looking to keep the city
moo-ving come August during the return
of the famed CowParade.
The public art event dates back to
2000, when a three-month display of ceramic
cows helped bring in hundreds of
thousands of dollars for orgs like God’s
Love We Deliver, this year’s sponsor.
Colorful cows will be on view from
August through September at Industry
City, where 75 different artists from
around the world are currently putting
the fi nishing touches on their not-solivestock.
At the end, the carefully curated
cows are put out to pasture — and
sold by auction to the highest bidder.
Though CowParade began in New
York, organizers say they’ve gone on
to stage another 90-plus public art exhibits
in 34 countries worldwide. To
date, creators have made more than
6,000 life-size fi berglass cows,, and
this summer marks CowParade’s
100th international event.
Billy The Artist, a creator who
has participated in the CowParade
since its fi rst Moo York Celebration,
said the show’s stars were chosen for
their playful but gentle nature.
“Cows were our chosen animal
of choice because they are seen as
whimsical, quirky and never threatening,”
For more information on the CowParade
NYC 2021, visit www.glwd.org.
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