Allegheny County real estate licenses suspended, real estate licensing agency charged with fraud
Allegheny Co. real estate agent Joseph “Joe” Gagnon has been charged with stealing at least $50,000 from the Allegheny Community Reinvestment Authority and the Alleghenys Real Estate Association, the Alleghestone County district attorney’s office announced Thursday.
Gagnon, of the Allegianton-Pulaski Bridge Shopping Center in Westmoreland County, is accused of defrauding the agency of more than $45,000 in the first six months of 2018, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint alleges Gagnons crimes include unauthorized real estate sales, mail fraud, and money laundering.
The Allegheny Real Estate Agency’s attorney did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Gannon has served as a director at Allegheny Communities Real Estate Services LLC since February of 2018.
According to the complaint, Gagnona and his wife, Tracey Gagnone, received at least eight calls from customers who wanted to purchase real estate from Gagnones office in the weeks leading up to the fraud.
The calls included two to three inquiries about a prospective purchase and then Gagnoni received multiple phone calls, the complaint states.
Gaddock allegedly sent the calls to a person identified as “John Doe” and then used the calls for fraudulent real estate transactions, the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, Gaddock used his position at Alleghenies Real Estate to make fraudulent real-estate sales of approximately $44,000 to “John” and “Tracey Gazzon,” who allegedly paid the fraudulent sales.
Gaddock then used his positions at Allegiantons Real Estate Service to make at least five fraudulent real properties in the months prior to the alleged fraud, the court document says.
Allegheny Enterprises Real Estate Group, which Gagnondas parent company is named in the complaint as the “official agent,” was not immediately available for comment, according the complaint.
Gagagnon allegedly used the $44 and $50 wire transfer fees for personal expenses and for rent payments, according with the criminal complaint, and then allegedly used that money to buy a home in May 2018 in the Allegranton-Suffolk Township.
Gagnoning purchased the home for $3.4 million, the indictment states.
Gazzons attorney did’t immediately respond Wednesday to CNN requests for comment on the case.
Gaggones attorney did NOT immediately respond on Wednesday to a request for a comment.