Bogus Brooklyn Real-Estate Agent Busted After He Showed Apartment Seekers Places He Broke Into To [Photo]
“On May 16, a Brooklyn jury voted to convict Ronald Johnson, 36, of a litany of felony larceny charges, including against one of whom now lives in a homeless shelter thanks to his criminal enterprise. He faces up to 15 years in jail at his June 17 sentencing.”
Is it just me? or is people doing ANYTHING for money these days! (smh) He wore sharp suits, dispensed company business cards and even charged $100 to potential suitors for credit checks. But after Caroline Destin toured the one-bedroom walk-up of her dreams in Flatbush last year, one thing bogus broker Ronald Johnson couldn’t provide was the apartment itself.
“I loved it,” said Destin, 38, of her first impression of the impossibly low-priced $1,100 apartment on Ocean Ave. that Johnson showed her. “It was too good to be true.” But Destin and at least two other would-be tenants never received keys to the apartments Johnson, 36, claimed to be renting on behalf of landlords as a broker for “Max Realty,” the phony company he advertised on cards.
And they certainly never saw their security deposits again.
On May 16, a Brooklyn jury voted to convict Johnson of a litany of felony larceny charges, including those related to Destin and two other victims, one of whom now lives in a homeless shelter thanks to Johnson’s criminal enterprise. He faces up to 15 years in jail at his June 17 sentencing. “This verdict holds the defendant accountable for ripping off hardworking people who were simply trying to rent an apartment,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson.
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Source: NY Daily News