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Fake architect sentenced after 'Operation Vandelay Industries' bust

Paul J. Newman has been ordered to serve 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison. (Photo: NY AG's Office)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - A fake architect named Newman was sentenced on fraud charges Tuesday after an investigation New York's attorney general dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries."

Paul J. Newman has been ordered to serve 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison.

According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, Newman had rendered fraudulent architectural services since 2010 in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. Schneiderman said Wednesday that Newman pleaded guilty to six felonies including grand larceny and fraud. Victims included municipalities and businesses.

All of the sentences will run concurrent to each other, resulting in a total state prison sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years.

Newman was ordered to pay the affected defrauded New Yorkers more than $115,000.

He will also be sentenced in Albany and Renssalear Counties on September 7 and 12, respectively.

Schneiderman dubbed the operation to nab Newman "Vandelay Industries" in reference to a long-running joke on "Seinfeld" about a fictional company by that name. A character named Newman was Jerry's nemesis on the sitcom.

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