Why Does The Mention Of Stolen Money Make Patrick Binakis Hang Up On Us?
Tags: Binakis Fraud, George Binakis, Patrick Binakis, Contractor Fraud, Bespoke Contracting and Design Inc.
A con artist succeeds by gaining the complete trust of his mark before he takes their money. This is what happened when George Binakis, principal of Bespoke Contracting and Design Inc., defrauded one of his recent victims in a contractor fraud scheme in NYC. George had successfully completed a renovation the previous year for the victims and when they called upon him to renovate another property, he eagerly took them on. He set them up by telling them stories of heart issues and although he was a relatively young man, even claimed to have required a pacemaker. Because of the previous renovation, he had gained their complete trust, so much so that when he disappeared with their $65,000 their first thought was that he must have died or had a major heart attack and was incapacitated in a hospital somewhere. So concerned were they that they called the workers who had previously handled the 1st renovation to see if they could connect to a family member to learn more about his well being.
This is where lawyer Patrick Binakis, by his actions, convinces them that something fishy is happening. They call him expecting to learn of a hospital stay or possibly even death. But instead, Patrick claims to have no contact with George. And when money is mentioned, Patrick hangs up on them. Why would you do this to victims of your brother's fraud?
Shortly afterwards, another family member of the victims reaches Patrick who first hangs up on him. On a subsequent call Patrick tells him that he has only limited contact with his brother. The family then reaches out to a friend of George who when he contacts Patrick and expresses concerns for his health is told he's getting better. This last response definitely does not sound like someone who has no contact with George. Quite the opposite.
While there may be no direct evidence that Patrick Paraskivas Binakis is complicit in the fraud, what are we to make of these conflicting stories? Is he attempting to protect his brother from legal consequences by acting as his lawyer?
The family then recently learned of another victim of George and are seeking to work with them to seek legal remedy against George. Prosecutors are certainly going to want to know what role if any Patrick played in this scheme.
Among the early signs of malfeasance are the fact that George wanted either cash or checks made out to him personally, and not to his company. Those checks were then cashed by a bank located in Richmond, Virginia, although is company is supposedly based in NY. Some of the claims of funds needed as advances for subcontractors proved false when the contractors denied receiving any retainers. The con was so successful that even the subcontractors felt that George would never steal from a client and adamantly stated so. They all now know otherwise.
The victims of George's fraud are seeking answers to the mystery of the sudden disappearance of George and their money.
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