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Ex-Warhol home used to swindle apartment hunters: police

Man allegedly gave would-be renters tours of 434 East 9th Street, collected deposits

March 11, 2014 12:00PM

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321 East 6th Street and photo of suspect

A man posing as a rental agent persuaded nine women to pay him a total of more than $20,000 with fake ads on Craigslist for apartments in the East Village, according to police.

One of the homes was a townhouse at 321 East 6th Street formerly owned by Andy Warhol. The suspect gave tours of the Warhol home as well as 434 East 9th Street. He received $2,200 cash deposits from several women who expressed interest in the rentals. The suspect called himself David Horowitz or Michael Bryant.

The women responded to the ads between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, as previously reported. Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment buildings. [DNAinfo] and [EV Grieve]Mark Maurer

5 Responses to “Ex-Warhol home used to swindle apartment hunters: police”

  1. March 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm, nycapt said:

    can somebody PLEASE get rid of Craigslist once and for all?????

  2. March 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm, dangerous said:

    Holy Moses. At least he didn’t molest them as well as fleece them!

    Isn’t there some kind of public database for licensed real estate brokers?

    This is why building owners should stick with the same broker so they develop a history on streeteasy.com/

    This would not have happened if we had had a database of apartment registrations available for everyone to doublecheck.

    • March 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm, at least he got caught said:

      What should we do then? Post a list of apartments, their occupancy status and legal rents in the vestibule of every building so apartment seekers know if an apartment is actually available for rent?

      We really need more details about how he got access and whether these apartments were being rented out at the time.

  3. March 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm, Cem said:

    you can check the managing agents name on HPD’s website and search for licenses on DOS’s website. All public info.

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