Thief allegedly steals entire house in Queens

A thief allegedly stole Jennifer Merin’s entire home using a phony deed

New York /
Oct.October 12, 2014 11:00 AM

One ambitious thief has taken things a bit further than simply breaking and entering; he’s staying. A Manhattan woman claims an ex-con has stolen her home in Queens by filing a phony deed with the city and moving in.

Jennifer Merin is battling the thief in court to remove the convicted armed robber, Darrell Beatty and his sons from the three-bedroom Tudor, according to the New York Post.

“It just devastates me,” Merin, an online film critic, told the Post as she looked at her family heirlooms piled in the garage of the Laurelton home.

Merin said her Russian and Ukrainian grandparents moved into the house on 141st Avenue in 1931 and raised her mother and her mother’s two siblings there.

She first realized something was wrong when she received a pricey water bill. When she investigated, she found her locks changed and her car gone. The thieves told police that they were the legal residents.

“[This] case is what changed the dynamic in the Department of Finance of how we process deed transfers,” city Sheriff Joseph Fucito, whose office executes evictions and probes deed fraud, told The Post. [NYP] – Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Vornado’s Steve Roth and 888 Seventh Ave (Getty, Google Maps, iStock)
Vornado sues Hongkun USA, seeking $1.1M in rent
Vornado sues Hongkun USA, seeking $1.1M in rent
Mauricio Umansky, Rainy Hake Austin and Robert Reffkin (Getty)
The Agency sues Compass for blocking exec from recruiting former colleagues
The Agency sues Compass for blocking exec from recruiting former colleagues
Avishai Abrahami with Ziel Feldman and Nir Meir, and 500 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY; 707 Spence Lane, Nashville, TN; 1100 Milwaukee Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI (Getty, Google Maps, NY Supreme Court)
Ziel Feldman, Nir Meir accused of fraud over $30M loan
Ziel Feldman, Nir Meir accused of fraud over $30M loan
From left: RFR’s Aby Rosen, Vanke US managing director Kai-yan Lee and 100 East 53rd Street (Photos via Tdorante10/Wikipedia and Getty)
Chinese bank seeks foreclosure of RFR and Vanke’s Midtown condo project
Chinese bank seeks foreclosure of RFR and Vanke’s Midtown condo project
135-25 Northern Boulevard and 300 West 30th Street (Google Maps, Studio C Architects)
Self-storage company buys dev site from Home Depot
Self-storage company buys dev site from Home Depot
Nate Paul of World Class Holdings (Facebook/GreatValueStorage, iStock)
Great Value Storage files for bankruptcy to stop foreclosure
Great Value Storage files for bankruptcy to stop foreclosure
1135 Lexington Avenue and Nir Meir (Google Maps, iStock)
Judge rules against Nir Meir in HFZ’s $19M default case
Judge rules against Nir Meir in HFZ’s $19M default case
Aby Rosen and the Gramercy Hotel (Getty, Google Maps)
Solil Management sues to end RFR’s Gramercy Park Hotel lease
Solil Management sues to end RFR’s Gramercy Park Hotel lease
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...