Andreatta: What Robert Morgan knew and when in real estate investigation – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


Federal agents raid the Perinton workplaces of developer Bob Morgan through an investigation. (Might 14, 2018)
Jamie Germano and David Andreatta

If Robert “Bob” Morgan browse his email messages from his nephew, who is vice president of his real estate growth enterprise, he may have regarded his enterprise was evidently making use of bogus economic statements to protected more substantial bank loans for its initiatives.

That is referred to as bank fraud.

The to start with rule of real estate growth is to hardly ever use your own money when you can use anyone else’s. To get anyone else’s money, you have to show you are entitled to it.

When it will come to lending money for the sort of multifamily houses that Morgan’s enterprise, Morgan Management, specializes in constructing and rehabbing, banking institutions seem at some thing referred to as the “debt to company protection ratio,” or “DSCR” for shorter.

The DSCR is the ratio of a property’s revenue to its credit card debt, and is a great indicator of whether a property can fork out off its credit card debt based on its revenue. The better the DSCR, the greater the revenue to credit card debt, and the a lot more banking institutions are eager to lend money.

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Financial institutions usually have to have a minimum DSCR ahead of they’ll even take into consideration issuing a mortgage. If a property’s DSCR falls underneath a bank’s convenience threshold, the bank may continue to lend money, but not as a lot and may demand greater oversight over the property’s revenue.


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Morgan’s nephew, Kevin Morgan, the vice president at Morgan Management, knew this when he despatched an email to his uncle and his cousin, Morgan’s son, Todd Morgan, a challenge supervisor at the enterprise, cautioning them about the significance of presenting DSCRs.

“We should really hardly ever ship financials that show DCR (DSCR) underneath where we want to be based on the mortgage docs,” Kevin wrote on April seven, 2016.

So vital was it to drill that information into the heads of his uncle and cousin, that Kevin despatched an additional email afterwards the identical day.

“To reiterate,” he wrote, “we should really hardly ever set ourselves in this placement. DSCR should really be reviewed prior to sending in and if we do not meet the requirement, we want to make adjustments so we do meet it.”

His email was disclosed in a 91-site affidavit in assistance of a look for warrant filed in federal court docket in Buffalo past 7 days searching for to let regulation enforcement agents to comb the email messages of Kevin and Todd.

You will hear a good deal about the a lot more sensational features of the affidavit, which was evidently unintentionally unsealed on Tuesday, a day soon after FBI agents raided Morgan’s business headquarters in Perinton.

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The affidavit alleges that Kevin and Todd and a home finance loan broker conspired to inflate hire rolls, invent tenants, fudge figures and stage flats to surface occupied when they were essentially vacant to dupe banking institutions into lending Morgan Management a lot more money.

They evidently turned radios on inside rooms and put shoes outdoors doors in an condominium elaborate in Pennsylvania to influence an inspector folks lived there.

By comparison, the email trade about DSCR is dry as grime.

But the trade should not be ignored, because what issues to the future of Rochester is what Bob Morgan knew about this alleged action and when.

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Mayor Beautiful Warren cuts the ribbon with Strathallan house owners Dave Christa and Bob Morgan through the grand opening of the rooftop house at the Strathallan Hotel on Wednesday, June three, 2015. (Picture: LAUREN PETRACCA/@LaurenPetracca/, Employees PHOTOGRAPHER)

Morgan, not his nephew or son, is the experience of Morgan Management and the person on whom the most strong folks in Rochester have pinned their hopes for revitalizing the metropolis because the premature loss of life of developer Larry Glazer in 2014.

His initiatives downtown consist of the ambitious proposed redevelopment of the huge patch of gravel regarded as Parcel 5 into a carrying out arts center and substantial-rise condominium and retail elaborate.

He is constructing flats on Court Street around Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and is involved in the obtain and planned redevelopment of the Gannett Making on Trade Boulevard and the Lincoln Alliance constructing on East Primary Street.

Morgan is also active in the suburbs and on the edges of the metropolis, with programs to construct 500 flats on the at the old psychiatric center on Elmwood Avenue.

A good deal hinges on Morgan fulfilling his programs. Just request neighbors of the psychiatric center.

The affidavit does not accuse Morgan of any wrongdoing. The only detail in the affidavit linking him to his nephew’s and son’s alleged scheming is that email.

Did Morgan browse it? Did Morgan react to it? The affidavit does not say.

What it does say is that in Might 2017, a calendar year soon after Kevin instructed Morgan that “adjustments” necessary to be produced to DSCRs that don’t meet bank demands, the enterprise was confronted with just this sort of a DSCR.

It was on an condominium elaborate referred to as Rochester Village in Pennsylvania. So the enterprise, with the enable of a Buffalo-based brokerage company referred to as Aurora Funds Advisors, allegedly produced an “adjustment” by submitting an inflated revenue statement with a bank for a federal mortgage.

When the mortgage went via, the affidavit indicates, it grew to become bank fraud.

Certainly, Morgan is aware of that a lot.

David Andreatta is a Democrat and Chronicle columnist. He can be achieved at

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