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Long Island men charged with stealing nine NYC homes by scamming finance department

Danny Noble, Romelo Gray accused of trying to resell or rent properties in Brooklyn, Queens

May 14, 2015 06:00PM

Two men from Long Island are being accused of stealing nine Brooklyn and Queens homes and subsequently renting or selling them.

Danny Noble, 45, and Romelo Gray, 37, allegedly filled out counterfeit documents at the city’s Department of Finance to take the ownership of seven Brooklyn and two Queens properties, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, as cited by the New York Daily News.

Noble and Gray allegedly stole the homes in Fort Greene, Canarsie, Bushwick, East New York, Jamaica and Hollis between June 2010 and March 2015, the Daily News reported. The men are facing charges of conspiracy, criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny as well as falsifying business records.

“The houses targeted in this fraud are worth millions of dollars. It is shocking that this defendant was allegedly able to carry out such a brazen scheme, stealing properties right out from under their owners,” Thompson said, according to the newspaper. [NYDN] — Claire Moses