- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has again denied bail for a former businessman who once led a protest against fees on absentee landlords in New Britain.

The New Britain Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KIll5C ) that Selim Zherka was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on charges he fraudulently obtained $146 million to buy properties by inflating the purchase price and exaggerating his down payments.

He has been behind bars since the indictment on tax fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud and witness tampering charges.

Zherka was one of the leaders in a battle in 2012 against city fees on landlords.

Landlords who did not live at their rental properties were to be charged a per-unit fee. For Zherka, that would have been more than $35,000 a year.

The fees were never collected and were repealed.

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Information from: New Britain Herald, https://www.newbritainherald.com


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