Monica Chacon Has Known the Gorgas Since at Least 2005
The connection between Monica Chacon and Joe Gorga goes back to 2005 (if not earlier), when she prepared the deed for a property Joe Gorga purchased jointly with Bob Hiza (image above – thank you katedj09), who is a real estate and mortgage broker and a friend of both the Gorgas and Wakiles. (Remember that the Gorgas got married in August 2004, and Melissa worked as a secretary for his “real estate development” business.)
On March 22, 2005, Joe Gorga and Bob Hiza purchased 8 12th Avenue in Paterson, NJ (Block E0533, Lot 9) from the city of Paterson for $45,000 (it was a distressed sale and quit-claim deed). THE DEED WAS PREPARED BY MONICA CHACON.
Four months later, on July 12, 2005, Joe Gorga and Bob Hiza sold the property to Richie Wakile for $55,000. The deed was prepared by Bob Hiza.
On December 19, 2005, property ownership was transferred from Richie Wakile as sole owner to Richie Wakile and Charbel Atie as 50/% each joint owners (tenants in common) in the amount of $32,500.
Eight months later, on August 8, 2006, Richie and Charbel sold the property to Mario Cabral for $375,000, a profit of $320,000 (image below – thank you katedj09) – this was shortly before the average guy knew the real estate bubble had burst, but speculators were aware that the end had come, so were unloading their properties.
That’s quite a tidy profit that Joey sent Richie’s way. Improvement could have been made to the property for such a huge profit in so little time, but something seems shady for the price to go from $55,000 in March 2005 to $375,000 in August 2006.
GPM said: “This is solely my opinion but the 8 12th Avenue transaction looks like it could be masking a payoff to Police Chief Charbel Atie. In a scenario like that, people who stand in the position of Wakile (and possibly even Gorga and Hiza) would be considered straw men who receive a small amount of compensation for standing in the chain of title and holding it for a period of time until it’s considered safe for a payoff to be made. It’s interesting that the price increased exactly $10,000 — from $45,000 to $55,000 to $65,000 (based on the price of Atie’s 1/2 interest) each time it exchanged hands.”
The financial connection between the Wakiles and the Gorgas could help explain their closeness on the show and how it also relates to Bob Hiza and Monica Chacon, an attorney who handles real estate title research and whose husband was the attorney representing Joe Giudice’s former business partner, Joe Mastropole, in a civil suit he filed against Juicy, which was settled in Mastropole’s favor in December 2010 (Teresa had an confrontation with Monica at the courthouse on December 10, 2010, just before the Christmas party at the Gorga’s house, which is why producers, along with Melissa, had Kim G invite Monica).
The Gorgas and Wakiles went to the Hizas for dinner early in season 3 (episode 6) and talked about the Giudice’s bankruptcy (season 3 started taping in September 2010; the Giudices filed for bankruptcy more than a year earlier, on October 29, 2009).
In December 2010, at the Gorga’s Christmas party in season 3 episode 10, Melissa and Monica pretended like they didn’t know each other when she arrived with Kim G; however, in October 2010, while taping the Posche fashion show in season 3 episode 2, Melissa, her sisters, Kim G, Monica Chacon and Kathy Wakile all sat at the same table (images below) – Teresa questioned their association when she said to Caroline and Jacqueline:
“Why is Kim G talking to my sister-in-law? It’s just weird that my sister-in-law’s friends with her.”
Let’s not forget that Joe Gorga looked right in Monica Chacon’s eyes at their 2010 Christmas party, and said “I don’t know you” (the same thing he said to John Karagiorgis at the grand opening of Posche 2 during the season 5 finale):
“I’m sorry, I don’t know you, but she’s my sister – I can’t have you here.”
In Melissa’s season 3 episode 10 Bravo blog, “Little Miss Trouble,” she refers to Monica as “a complete stranger.”
Joe Gorga and Bob Hiza, together, bought about 10 foreclosure properties (images below – thank you Saddle_River_NJ) from the City of Paterson starting in May of 2004 (quitclaim deeds) and then sold them off to various people or entities. Some of these people are unconnected, but several of the entities connect back to Joe Gorga (i.e. a LLC that is actually owned by Joe Gorga), and one of the properties was sold to Richard Wakile (8 12th Ave, Paterson, NJ).
Basically, the Gorgas, Wakiles and Hizas were flippers during the real estate bubble years from 2002-2007, buying property cheap and then reselling it for a quick profit. The property that Joey handed Richie (8 12th Avenue, Paterson, NJ) appears to have netted quite the profit, which Ritchie shared with his cousin Atie Charbal, who, at the time, was captain of the Prospect Park Police Department in Passaic County (he was promoted from police captain to police chief in November 2010).
The Gorgas (and most likely the Wakiles too) knew Monica Chacon and the Hizas for years before RHONJ was conceived. It seems they befriended Kim G in 2010, knowing that she had a personal vendetta against Teresa for mocking her on the stripper pole with Danielle (during RHONJ season 2, Teresa joked about her “old lady butt crack,” referred to her as “elderly,” and called her “Kim Grannytell.”)
Monica Chacon boasted to RadarOnline on July 30, 2013, that she had been working with federal investigators over the past four years to help them nab the Giudices:
“The work we put in to make sure the judge recognized they were committing fraud ultimately resulted in them withdrawing their petition [and tipping off the feds]. It’s been a long road. Our office has had calls from some federal agencies over the past four years. You don’t think it’s gonna come to anything and then finally [it happens]. Teresa and Joe’s true day of reckoning is yet to come. The federal case is still ongoing. To actual vindication, I think it will be a long road. But finally it feels like people are opening their eyes to the situation after so many years. Little by little, the truth is starting to come out. They’re starting to show who they really are and what they are about. Everybody around her knows they’re sleazy. I think that their fans must be from anywhere but New Jersey!”
The following is the transcript of an interview (click here for video) from CNN’s Showbiz Tonight with Monica and her husband from August 1, 2013, “Lawyers Who Exposed Alleged Giudice Fraud Speak Out.”
Hello, I’m A.J. Hammer. Thank you for watching.
Tonight a SHOWBIZ exclusive. The couple who say they helped expose the alleged fraud of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa and Joe Giudice.
The Giudices got their world rocked this week after they were indicted on 39 counts of fraud, including lying to the IRS and bankruptcy court. They both say they’re not guilty, but the charges they face, they’re very serious. If they’re convicted, they each face dozens of years behind bars.
And if the Giudices do go to prison, it could be in part because to the efforts of these two, William Saracino and Monica Chacon. They battled the Giudices in a lawsuit that snowballed into this week’s major federal indictment against Teresa and Joe. They’re with me here in New York for their first TV interview since the indictment.
First of all, thank you both for being here tonight. So Monica, let me start with you. After battling the Giudices in and out of court for so long, how does it feel this week, seeing them charged at this level and facing possible massive prison time.
MONICA CHACON, BATTLED GIUDICES IN LAWSUIT: Do I take that one?
WILLIAM SARACINO, BATTLED GIUDICES IN LAWSUIT: You know, our client had — it’s been several years, and you know, we have kind of known that their behavior and their actions have been like this for the past few years leading up to this time.
It`s not been a shock to us. I just think that it’s time that the rest of the world sees what’s been going on. And I’m sure that the time has come simply because the U.S. attorney’s office feels that they now have enough evidence to prove their case against both the Giudices.
HAMMER: And obviously, it’s very, very serious. And it is a little complicated. I want to take a look at the SHOWBIZ news line to kind of boil down your role in the Giudices’ fraud charges.
It was 2007 when Joe’s ex-business partner, someone you two represented, claimed that Joe forged your client’s signature to get a loan, and then in 2009, you and your client won a judgment against Joe, but days later — this was October ’09 — the Giudices filed for bankruptcy. This was a long ordeal with them that was shown on the “Real Housewives” show.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We made an offer to the U.S. Trustees Office as well as to the Chapter 7 trustee. And they have not accepted that offer at this point.
TERESA GIUDICE, REALITY TV STAR: I will do whatever it takes to defend myself. Like I don’t have any skeletons in my closet. Again, like I always say, the truth shall set me free.
When do you see, like, the end of this? I want to see the tunnel, I want to see the light.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HAMMER: It’s so interesting to hear her say, no skeletons in my closet. Of course, innocent until proven guilty here. There’s only been an indictment. But the Giudices’ bankruptcy filing after you guys beat them in court got the feds involved in looking at their finances which all led up to this week’s indictment. Is this in a way personal for the two of you?
CHACON: Not on my part. Absolutely not. I just think that, for my client, for Joe Mastropole, that has always been a long road to something that he’s entitled to. You know, there was fraud committed against him. It was proven in court. It’s been many, many years that he’s been trying to tackle this, and to date, he has not been completely whole in this situation. You know, he has not been completely — what’s the word I’m looking for?
SARACINO: His case isn’t fully resolved.
SARACINO: It hasn’t been completely paid. It’s not personal, but you know, we took a case on for many years in many different courts on our client’s behalf. It wasn’t just us. There was other attorneys. My father was my partner. We had a separate bankruptcy counsel.
And, you know, our client, Joe Mastropole, really went through the ringer in the case and that’s where the line starts. There are many more people behind him that, you know, basically are in the same position.
HAMMER: Well, Monica and Bill, I really appreciate you both being here tonight. I know it has been an incredibly long time that you’ve been dealing with this, and I do appreciate you being on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
We did reach out to representatives for Teresa and Joe Giudice for response to the statements that Monica and Bill have been making about. They did not get back in touch with us by show time.
But after the couple’s indictment, Teresa’s attorney did tell SHOWBIZ TONIGHT this: “Teresa will plead ‘not guilty.’ The judicial process that begins today with an indictment is a search for the truth. As it moves forward we look forward to vindicating her.”