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George Binakis Is Committing Fraud. Is Brother Patrick Binakis Representing Him?

 

Elderly fraud victims

We're still trying to understand why attorney Patrick Binakis is telling different stories to different people inquiring about his brother George, who committed serious fraud against elderly victims in NYC.

One 72 year old woman was scammed by George Binakis for over $65,000 in a contractor fraud scheme in the summer of 2019. She had commissioned George to renovate her condo on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She had been thoroughly convinced that George was an honest and earnest person who would look after her interests. He had told her he suffered a heart condition that warranted a pace maker - something very rare for such a young man.  In her last conversation with him, George sounded not well, so when he failed to respond to phone calls, emails and text messages, she was certain he was either dead or gravely ill in some hospital icu. Even after friends and family members suggested that George might be defrauding her, she absolutely refused to believe it and continued to speak highly of George. Fearing for his well being, she reached out to his brother, lawyer Patrick Paraskivas Binakis to ask how George was doing. Patrick told her he had no contact with George and when she mentioned the money, Patrick hung up on her. This incredibly rude & unnecessary treatment was the first inkling that things were fishy. Her son in law then also called Patrick and he hung up on him immediately when George was mentioned, but on a subsequent call Patrick said that he had little contact with George - a slightly different story. But when the victim's cabinet maker called, Patrick told him that George was getting better - a third story - and these troubling conflicting stories in combination lead the victim to wonder if Patrick was actually involved with George. Why else would he not be forthcoming and truthful regarding his relationship with his brother, especially since the victim was actually calling out of concern for George? And why the need for multiple stories?

What to watch out for

Looking back, there were some other major indications that things were not above board. George had a contracting business yet he demanded checks be made out to him, personally. Those checks were not cashed in NYC, where his business was located, but rather in Richmond, Virginia. George claimed he had paid advances to several subcontractors who later denied receiving any payments.

Share your story

Subsequently other victims of George's fraud were discovered, and there may be many more yet to be revealed. If you or anyone you know has been victimized the publishers of this post would like to help you publicize your story in the hopes that it may inspire others to come forward. Go to imfy.us or old1.co to read a more complete accounting of this fraud, and fill out the form. You don't have to reveal anything personal other than the fact that you were a victim of George Binakis.

 

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