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Dirty deed: Long Island man allegedly stole Bedford-Stuyvesant woman’s $1M brownstone home

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Police cuffed a Long Island man accused of selling an 80-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant woman’s $1 million brownstone home — without her knowledge.

The defendant, a 51-year-old Mount Sinai resident, was arraigned Tuesday on charges including second-degree grand larceny and second-degree money laundering in Kings County Supreme Court, and faces up to 15 years in prison, according to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

The Long Islander, who acted in cahoots with another suspect, who remains on the lam, allegedly stole the deed for the victim’s Clifton Place brownstone located between Bedford and Nostrand avenues where she and her family had lived for 30 years, until a fire forced them to vacate the property in 2010, Gonzalez said.

The defendant and his accomplice sold the older woman’s home to a developer for $850,000 in 2015, forging the victim’s signature on the stolen deed, before wiring $190,000 to an account in Athens, Greece, withdrawing $120,000 in cash, and transferring a whopping $250,000 to an account owned by his wife, according to the district attorney.

The victim would later discover her whole house had been stolen after a neighbor informed her that a worker there had introduced himself as the new owner, according to Gonzalez.

“This defendant allegedly thought he could take advantage of an elderly homeowner’s absence to steal her house and sell it before she or anyone else noticed,” said the prosecutor. “Brooklyn’s robust real estate market continues to be an attractive target for theft and fraud.”
The defendant was ordered held on $150,000 bond, or $75,000 cash bail, and is due back in court on Aug. 14.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 9:10 am, May 23, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Phil from Boerum Hill says:
The guy didn't "allegedly" steal this property. He actually did it by stealing the deed.
May 23, 11:15 am
FYI says:
The 51-year-old Mount Sinai resident, was arraigned Tuesday, NOT convicted. Therefore he "allegedly" stole the property. After he has been convicted, "allegedly" is dropped from the story. Journalism 101, Phil.
May 23, 1:06 pm
Veronica O'Brien from Marine Park says:
Name the criminal
May 23, 2:30 pm
joey c. from clinton hills says:
The criminal is the original owner that let it sit in such a decrepit state as a big FU to her neighbors.
May 23, 3:42 pm
Cleopatra Robinson from Bed Stuy says:
I agree with Joey. Have some respect for your neighbors. What an eyesore. For five years the house sat in that deplorable condition? Why not sell it if you don’t have insurance to fix it? The market was exploding in 2014. They were paying taxes every year I would imagine. Selfish.
May 23, 3:56 pm

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