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Hefty fine leveled against former attorney

Former attorney Robert R. Goods has been ordered by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny to pay $600,000 in civil penalties for conviction of bank fraud, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Lynch said a complaint was filed against Goods seeking civil penalties under the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act.

Goods, a one-time mortgage settlement attorney in Buffalo, was convicted of using money intended to pay off mortgages for his own personal use. As a result, SunTrust Bank lost $521,872. Pursuant to a settlement agreement, Goods agreed to pay $600,000 in civil money penalties to the United States.