Astoria landlord allegedly scams tenants with conversions

TRD New York /
Aug.August 27, 2013 08:32 AM

An Astoria landlord has been charged with scamming his tenants, the second such case this month.

Hinyoung Limtung cheated 10 renters out of more than $44,000 at a building located at 31-70 Crescent Street that was uninhabitable, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The city’s Department of Buildings had ordered Limtung to clear the house last year after finding that it had been illegally converted from a two-family home into a five-family home. But Limtung persevered, and even cut the space into nine residences while continuing to pocket rents.

“This is a serious matter and the defendant, if guilty, must face the consequences of his actions,” Brown said in a statement Monday cited by the New York Daily News.

Limtung is being held on $20,000 bail on multiple counts of grand larceny, fraud and reckless endangerment among other charges, according to the newspaper.

Earlier this month in Astoria, self-styled community leader Mario Lalicata was arrested for stealing $17,000 using Craigslist to scam would-be renters, as reported. [NYDN]  – Hiten Samtani


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Kyle Bragg and Eric Benaim

Backers of big Queens megaprojects say city needs the jobs, homes

Backers of big Queens megaprojects say city needs the jobs, homes
Marble Ridge Capital LP's Dan Kamensky and Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards in New York (Getty; Jewish National Fund)

Hedge fund manager arrested for fraud in Neiman Marcus bankruptcy

Hedge fund manager arrested for fraud in Neiman Marcus bankruptcy
Riza Aziz and (clockwise from left: 912 Hillcrest Road in Beverly Hills, Park Laurel in Manhattan and 2 Lygon Place in London (Getty, Google Maps, Realtor)

“Wolf of Wall Street” producer to forfeit $60M in 1MDB probe settlement

“Wolf of Wall Street” producer to forfeit $60M in 1MDB probe settlement
731 Lexington Avenue (Google Maps)

Former Turner Construction exec pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Former Turner Construction exec pleads guilty in bribery scheme
Savraj Gata-Aura

Bar Works Ponzi schemer sentenced to prison

Bar Works Ponzi schemer sentenced to prison
60 Riverside Boulevard and (inset) the island of Nauru (Google Maps)

UWS condo caught up in bribery scandal tied to world’s smallest republic

UWS condo caught up in bribery scandal tied to world’s smallest republic
22-15 31st Street (Google Maps)

Supermarket signals demise as Target eyes Astoria

Supermarket signals demise as Target eyes Astoria
Larry Silverstein of Silverstein Properties with renderings of the project (Getty, ODA)

Silverstein, Kaufman plan $2B Queens development

Silverstein, Kaufman plan $2B Queens development
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...