By Amanda Farinacci | NY1.com
Politically connected Staten Island lawyer Richard Luthmann appeared in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, this time as a criminal defendant. The 38-year-old and two co-defendants were arraigned on 11 federal charges in an alleged fraud, extortion and kidnapping scheme.
“The charges are serious, but obviously, we haven’t had a chance to address them yet,” said Joe Sorrentino, attorney for Richard Luthmann.
Prosecutors charge Luthmann defrauded companies that wanted to buy valuable scrap metal by sending them containers packed with cheap filler matetrial instead.
If anyone complained, Luthmann allegedly boasted that he would use the supposed organized crime connections of co-defendant George Padula III “to resolve those conflicts.”
“We’re going to find out what led to this indictment and we’re going to defend him,” said Matt Santamauro, attorney for George Padulla.