In a landmark decision interpreting New York State’s identity theft statute, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissing a lawsuit by a Creizman LLC client, Yelena Galper, alleging that Chase employees–specifically, a business account manager, a branch manager, and a business representative–conspired with participants in a $77 million health care fraud scheme to use her identity to open accounts at Chase in order to launder the proceeds and use funds for lavish personal expenditures. The lawsuit alleges that as a result of the misappropriation of Galper’s identity, the government wrongfully prosecuted Galper for participation in the fraud, and Galper’s credit was ruined. After Creizman LLC attorneys Eric Creizman and Caroline Polisi successfully defended Galper in a 7-week federal criminal trial, resulting in a complete acquittal on all charges, Creizman LLC filed the $10 million civil lawsuit against Chase. Galper’s lawsuit now is reinstated in federal district court in Manhattan.
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