Two Brooklyn Owners Charged with Fraud

Two Brooklyn owners were arrested for intentionally wrecking apartments in order to drive tenants out of their rent-stabilized buildings. The owners, who are brothers collectively known as JBI Management, had destroyed the kitchens and bathrooms of two ground-floor apartments with a sledgehammer, taking down a wall that divided the apartments in the process. The owners said the work was necessary for repairs, and would be done in three weeks; it took 17 months and the hiring of a lawyer for the apartments to be returned to a usable condition, the indictment says.

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