Neubauer is sentenced for defrauding folks in Bucks County

Nydia Neubauer operated in New Hope.
Nydia Neubauer operated in New Hope.
Posted: May 15, 2014

Nydia Neubauer, a former Park Avenue socialite who defrauded Bucks County jewelers, real estate companies, and car agencies out of $170,000, got 71/2 to 15 years in state prison Tuesday.

The sentence likely marks the end of the 67-year-old's criminal career, which goes back to 1977 in New York, when she was first charged with felony forgery and grand larceny. She finished a three-year prison sentence last year in New York for similar crimes.

Tuesday's hearing was a recitation of Neubauer's schemes in Bucks, which included writing more than $50,000 in bad checks to a New Hope jewelry store and more than $80,000 to a real estate agent in the borough.

But the proceeding also delved into the biography of a woman who boasts a Columbia University master's degree and fluency in at least five languages - as well as 35 known aliases, seven Social Security numbers, and four dates of birth.

Dressed in a white blouse and black blazer, Neubauer told Judge Wallace "Skip" Bateman that she was an Army brat who had been sexually abused by an alcoholic father. She said that at the age of 19, she bore a child whose father was her father. The baby later died of congenital birth defects, she said.

She said she found stability with her third husband, living with him at 71st Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan. But after he died in 2008, she said, she became "mentally sick" while "partying" and trying to maintain her Upper East Side lifestyle.

"I was just trying to keep up with everything," she told the judge. "I promised a lot of people a lot of things and was trying to do what I was supposed to do while being very mentally sick."

Neubauer left New York for Bucks County, where her scams began in 2010. Calling herself Lucy Luz George, she gave a New Hope real estate agent a check for $85,000 as a down payment for a house on Main Street and a check for nearly $19,000 to cover payments on an apartment on West Mechanic Street. Both checks bounced.

About six weeks later, she wrote bad checks to Zikos Jewelers in New Hope. She also failed to make good on several thousand dollars she owed Aries Transportation Group, a limousine service based in Upper Southampton.

Before handing down his sentence, Bateman questioned Neubauer's defense that she was mentally sick, noting that her criminal history dates back 37 years. He called her actions "predatory," saying Neubauer would "take advantage of anyone who comes along."

"You're well educated," he said. "You didn't have to do this."


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