Today comes a bizarre cautionary tale about not letting your deposit check bounce. A woman claims two real estate brokers snuck into her Upper East Side apartment and stole her beloved Great Dane after she couldn’t pay the deposit and first month’s rent, the New York Post reports.
Architect Barbara McGill says that her first month’s rent and security deposit for the apartment at 19 East 65th Street bounced because she was a victim of identity fraud. But Prudential Douglas Elliman brokers Stefani Pace and Avraham Lasri reportedly got tired of waiting for Ms. McGill to sort out her financial woes and broke into the apartment, taking her belongings, including her (apparently not very effective) guard dog.
Ms. McGill filed a lawsuit against the brokers in Manhattan Supreme Court. Of her claims, Mr. Lasri said: “She’s playing the victim, but if you see who she really is, she’s not really a victim.”
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