Former Ridgewood woman gets 4 years for bilking $2M in investment scheme
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:13 PM
BY JUSTO BAUTISTA
A former Ridgewood resident was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday for bilking nearly $2 million from friends in New Jersey by getting them to invest in apartment complexes and undeveloped land in Oklahoma, authorities said.
Taya Romano, 36, also known as Taya Waldon, was also sentenced in federal court in Trenton to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $4.7 million in restitution.
Romano was arrested in Oklahoma in January 2010 and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud last July before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan.
In 2008 and 2009, Romano, a masseuse-turned-real-estate-developer, conspired with her then-husband to solicit money from two sets of family friends —just over $1 million from one couple and $890,000 from another — to fund what she described as real estate purchases and improvements in Oklahoma, authorities said.