Facing 25 Years in Prison, Slumlord Steve Croman Spotted in the Wilds of Mott Street
The above is a blurry photo of reviled landlord Steve Croman entering 221 Mott Street. In the wild. Considering the man is potentially staring down the barrel of twenty-five years in prison, and that he’s allegedly still harassing tenants in his properties via phone calls, this is an intriguing sight.
This particular tenement – 221 Mott Street – has a long history with the Croman enterprise. The property was apparently his first big purchase after stepping into the business twenty-seven years ago at age 24. Two years later, the building was his.
In recent years, the address saw a spate of upscaling activity. Ongoing renovations and remodeling. And, to give you an idea of the greed – it’s $3,395 for a small one-bedroom, a disclaimer of which accompanies real estate listings.
Croman has been charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument; his mortgage broker Barry Swartz faces fifteen felonies including grand larceny, falsifying records, and conspiring to defraud. The two could get up to twenty-five years in prison apiece if convicted.