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Disbarred New York lawyer convicted of real estate loan fraud

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A disbarred lawyer was convicted of fraud in connection with real estate deals in the Bronx and Westchester County, where he acted as an attorney despite having lost his law license, the New York Journal News reported Sunday. Howard Thaler of Manhattan, 60, faces up to 59 years in prison and more than $2 million in fines when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court in White Plains, media reports said. Salvatore LoBreglio, a former Westchester County Independence Party official, previously pleaded guilty in the case, admitting he had told a witness to lie to federal agents, according to accounts. LoBreglio was sentenced in October to a year of probation, media accounts said. Tapes introduced at the Thaler trial showed that he also agreed to help LoBreglio get a fraudulent loan in exchange for LoBreglio's purported influence with federal judges, federal prosecutors told the Journal News. Thaler was disbarred in 1998 for misconduct in real estate deals, accounts said, but continued to h...