2009-07-10 / Top Stories

FR Woman Charged In Fraud

A Far Rockaway woman has been indicted on grand larceny and other charges for allegedly forging the signature of her stepfather in an effort to transfer his house to herself, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

"The defendant is accused of trying to steal the property of a senior citizen out from under him. This is a serious crime which will be vigorously prosecuted," Brown said.

Brown identified the defendant as Heather Harper, 42, of 122 Beach 27 Street. The defendant has been charged with second- and thirddegree grand larceny, second- and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first- and second-degree falsifying business records, first- and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and first- and second-degree identity theft. The defendant faces up to15 years in prison if convicted. The defendant was arraigned today before Queens Supreme Court Justice James P. Griffin and released on $25,000 bail. She was ordered to return to court on September 15, 2009.

Brown said that, according to the charges, the defendant transferred the residence of her stepfather, Reynold Yearwood, 66, located at 122 Beach 27 Street, to herself pursuant to a deed which was executed on February 19, 2007. The victim and the defendant's mother, Mary Yearwood, were involved in a contested divorce proceeding during the time of the alleged fraudulent transfer. A handwriting analysis performed by the New York City Police Department allegedly confirmed that the victim's signature on the deed, which transferred the property to the defendant, is not the victim's signature.

The investigation was conducted by Detectives Richard A. Lewis and Patrick F. Dolan of the District Attorney's Detective Bureau.

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