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White Plains Real Estate Lawyer Gets Prison Time In Theft Of $2 Million

Attorney Kevin Hymes was sentenced in White Plains court to three to nine years in state prison for stealing $2 million in real estate transactions between 2007 and 2012.
Attorney Kevin Hymes was sentenced in White Plains court to three to nine years in state prison for stealing $2 million in real estate transactions between 2007 and 2012. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A White Plains real estate attorney was sentenced Tuesday to three to nine years in prison for stealing $2 million in real estate transactions over a 5½ years, District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced.

Kevin Hymes, 39, of North Castle, pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to second-degree grand larceny, third-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud, all felonies. He was sentenced in in Westchester County Court.

From Jan. 1, 2007, to June 27, 2012, Hymes defrauded multiple individuals and banks while working as a real estate attorney in White Plains, prosecutors said. He used several tactics, including concealing the date and time of real estate closings and stealing prospective home buyers’ deposits totaling $157,500, prosecutors said. He also stole $1.4 million while working as a closing agent for several banks. He was arrested June 27, 2012.

Hymes has been disbarred from practicing law. He faced a maximum of 15 years in state prison.

He was also convicted on federal charges in connection with a separate $58 million mortgage fraud scheme. His federal sentence will run concurrently with his state sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Shara Abraham of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.

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