A state law passed in 2019 included a rule that allows prosecutors to file a motion to void a fraudulent property transfer in connection with a guilty plea or verdict.

But the rule is narrowly defined, limiting its use, and the process can still take years, said Rachel Geballe, a deputy director at Brooklyn Legal Services. Neither Queens nor Brooklyn prosecutors have used the mechanism, although the offices said they had used other means to void fraudulent deeds.

For Ms. Bruce, eight years have passed since she signed her home over to Mr. Solny’s company. The Brooklyn criminal case has been adjourned 13 times since late 2020. Mr. Farkas said in court in June that his client was considering a plea deal.

“I’m hoping some sort of justice will come from this,” Ms. Bruce said. “I say, ‘Lord, when is this going to be over?’”

Susan Beachy contributed research.


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