10 sep 2008
Haitian former paramilitary leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, 51, was convicted on charges that he planned a mortgage scam that defrauded lenders out of $1.7 million. Constant has also been hit with a $19 million suit for allegedly leading death squads while head of FRAPH (Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti) from 1991-1994. Constant fled to the United States in 1994 and lived in Queens until 2006, when he was arrested by Brooklyn authorities for fraud and grand larceny. Constant faces up to 15 years, and was scheduled to be sentenced today by Justice Abraham G. Gerges. His sentencing has been moved to Brooklyn federal court, according to a Kings County District Attorney’s spokesman.