Report: Slumlord Steve Croman to Cop Plea Deal with Light Sentence
One year ago, Steve Croman was charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument. Not to mention a simultaneous civil lawsuit for allegedly “directing an illegal operation that wields harassment, coercion and fraud to force rent-regulated tenants out of their apartments.” He’s been free on $500,000 bail ever since.
Now, here’s some deflating news for opponents of the notorious slumlord.
Despite the string of serious charges, Croman might nevertheless get off easy. He’s reportedly copping a plea deal for a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. According to the New York Post (via Page Six), Croman’s attorney, Ben Brafman, seeks an arrangement that includes eight months in prison, plus a fine between $5 and $10 million dollars.
The owner of 140 apartment buildings, Croman is said to be thrilled he will get off so lightly, and so is his wife, Harriet, who is part of a wealthy clique of Upper East Side moms.
Sources said Croman might have to sell some pieces in his vast art collection, but not the palatial double townhouse he renovated on East 72nd Street with two swimming pools, nor his oceanfront Hamptons estate in Sagaponack.
His legal battles certainly haven’t stopped him from purported harassment, though. Just look to 159 Stanton Street, his tenement property that was stripped of its fire-stopping material and became a purported death trap for more than a year (unbeknownst to residents). Not to mention the brief displacement of two tenants thanks to ceiling collapse.