- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City landlord charged with shutting off heat to drive out tenants now also faces allegations of mortgage fraud and larceny.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the new charges Thursday against Daniel Melamed. Six of his current and former employees and associates are also charged.

Melamed has pleaded not guilty to all the allegations. His lawyer hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment on the new charges, but the attorney has described the earlier unlawful-eviction case as “political grandstanding.”

The Democratic attorney general said in 2015 that Melamed turned off heat and used demolition to try to get rent-regulated tenants to leave a Brooklyn apartment building.

The new case accuses him and his co-defendants of forging documents to get government loans and buy properties in foreclosure.

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This story has been corrected to show that six of Melamed’s current and former employees and associates were charged, rather than five.


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