The NYTimes reported that a legendary sports figure being investigated as part of an ever widening criminal investigation transferred his house just four (4) months prior to the scandal hitting the national press. Forbes.com wrote an interesting article that discusses the reasons for such a transfer.
As reported in the article, the question of whether a real estate transfer is fraudulent or designed to divest creditors of assets will be a fact intensive review. In this case, the elderly embattled figure may have transferred the home to effect an estate plan, may have just learned that he is ill, or could have done it to avoid personal liabilty for the alleged coverup.
In New York, the creditors will have a long battle ahead. They need to prove a case, win a judgment, and then chase after the debtor.