- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Two men have been accused in a scheme that targeted distressed homeowners in Connecticut.

The U.S. attorney says 50-year-old Bradford Barneys, of Odenton, Maryland, and 64-year-old Timothy Burke, of Easton, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and related crimes.

Prosecutors say Barneys, who’s an attorney licensed in Connecticut, and Burke falsely told homeowners facing foreclosure that they would buy their homes and pay off their mortgages. Barneys and Burke would take control of the homes and then rent them out to tenants. Many of the properties Burke purportedly purchased were ultimately foreclosed upon by the mortgage lender.

Burke is in custody. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Barneys was freed on bond. A phone number for Barneys listed in online public records was disconnected.

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