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Fancy Pups Attorney Gets Five Years for Mortgage Fraud

Mark Bellotti, the lawyer who fought for Avenel's Fancy Pups in consumer fraud lawsuits, got convicted of fraud himself.


The lawyer who represented an Avenel pet store in a slew of consumer fraud lawsuits has just gotten slammed by the law himself.

Mark Bellotti, the attorney who defended Fancy Pups in Woodbridge Municipal Court, received five years in prison, a $50,000 fine, and had his license revoked in Monmouth County Superior Court today, Tuesday, September 18.

Bellotti pleaded guilty in February to submitting fraudulent loan applications worth almost $2.7 million. 

“Lawyers take an oath to uphold the law, but this one repeatedly betrayed his oath and broke the law to turn a quick profit,” said Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa in a statement. “We’re aggressively investigating and prosecuting this type of mortgage fraud.”

“This lawyer and his co-conspirators falsified mortgage applications so they could siphon away big closing fees, while leaving behind a trail of foreclosed properties and borrowers with ruined credit,” said Director Stephen J. Taylor of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We urge people to contact us confidentially to report lawyers and other licensed professionals who commit fraud.”

Right before entering his guilty plea in February, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"fancy-pups-attorney-pleads-guilty-in-2-6-million-fraud-cause"} -->, Bellotti represented Rocco Garruto, the owner of Fancy Pups, in Woodbridge Municipal Court, where Garruto himself 

So Much to Say September 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Couldn't happen to a better person. When will Rocco Garruto/ Fancy Pups get his?
wetfrog18 September 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I agree with you 100%. Now the other idiot needs to be jailed for his murders.
Tom Maras September 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM
At the September 18 Woodbridge Town Council meeting the mayor, his business administrator and the Director of the Woodbridge Health Department, Mr. Green, were asked why Fancy Pups was allowed to remain in business when they had been cited for health code violation and had been operating on expired township business license on several occasions. The response from the "Three" was more doodoo, than what they can do. Basically, they (the administration) are business friendly and work with such business owners to correct the problems. Too bad they didn't do more to protect the animals and the buying public. But hey, what are friends for!

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