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Ex-Astoria community board member jailed for rental scam

February 04, 2014 07:00PM

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25-55 48th Street in Astoria

25-55 48th Street in Astoria

A former member of Queens’ Community Board 1 was sentenced to four months in prison for conning 14 people by taking rental deposits on an apartment that wasn’t available. Mario Lalicata, who pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny earlier this month, was also sentenced to five years of probation.

Lalicata would use Craigslist to lure his victims, and after showing them the apartment at 25-55 48th Street in Astoria, he would collect the first month’s rent and a security deposit.

After he collected the money, Lalicata would suddenly become very hard to reach, the Astoria Post reported. His sentence also requires him to make a total restitution of $12,575, a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorneys office told the newspaper. [Astoria Post]  – Hiten Samtani

  • yooooBROOO

    hahah how do these people let him get away with that? if i was the tenant and didn’t hear back from the landlord, id take a baseball bat to all the windows, graffiti the inside of the rooms, and break all his shit!!!!!!! n then id obv take a baseball bat to his FUKING FACE!!!!!

    • Ricky Roma

      Oh What A Big Man Youarre!

  • Victor

    Yet another fine supporter of the Kenyan makes the news.

  • CoreneGodoy

    Now Offer and leader have been fear for Involvement in any type of scam.

  • community leadership indeed

    Community Boards remind me of high school – the biggest a-holes join them because no one better would bother to take them to burnish their college application or just to have some claim of importance.