When Peter and Neal discover that an estate judge committing mortgage fraud is also connected to Fowler, they devise a plan to bring them both down.
Peter is feeling good after a long weekend of relaxation, but his buzz is quashed when he returns to the office to see David Sullivan and his young daughter, Alison, waiting for him. Sullivan stood to inherit his recently deceased father's home, but the bank is foreclosing. Turns out, the old man took out a second mortgage before he passed away. Sullivan claims fraud, but the bank has a stack of paperwork, signed and notarized by his father. As Peter and Neal see the situation, it doesn't get much more cut and dry.
Or does it? Things change after meeting with Officer Lester Herrera, the NYPD detective who originally worked the case. Something about the case spooked Herrera enough to take early retirement. Peter and Neal delve into the case file, and turn up nine linked cases in which banks foreclosed on homes in the last two years. The common thread? Michelle Clark, a federal probate judge.