A.G. Schneiderman Announces Jail Time For Brooklyn Real Estate Developer Daniel Melamed

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January 25, 2018

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Melamed Ordered to Serve 20 Days in Jail Ahead of Feb. 14th Sentencing

In November, Melamed Pleaded Guilty To 13-Count Indictment Related to Shell Corporations, Forged Letters that Defrauded HUD and Financial Institutions

Melamed Previously Found Guilty Of Unlawful Eviction of Rent Stabilized Tenants Following a Separate Prosecution by A.G. Schneiderman

BROOKLYN – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Brooklyn real estate developer Daniel Melamed, who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to a 13-count indictment admitting that he committed multiple fraudulent real estate schemes, was jailed today by State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Melamed was ordered to serve 20 days in jail, pending sentencing on this case and a June 2017 conviction for three counts of Unlawful Eviction. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 14, 2018.

“Daniel Melamed swindled taxpayers and harassed tenants in order to line his own pockets. Now he’s in jail,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will use every tool we have to bring bad landlords to justice.”

In November, Melamed pleaded guilty to a 13-count indictment, including Residential Mortgage Fraud in the Second Degree and two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, class C felonies; as well as four counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and two counts of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, all class D felonies. Melamed admitted under oath to engaging in various real estate schemes that defrauded banks and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) by creating shell corporations and forged letters to illegally purchase and/or sell multiple Brooklyn properties between 2011 and 2014. His guilty plea followed charges brought by Attorney General Schneiderman in November 2016.

Melamed was previously found guilty in June 2017 of three counts of Unlawful Eviction of rent-stabilized tenants following a bench trial before Justice Chun. The June 2015 arrest of Melamed in that case was the first resulting from the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force.

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