Judge Grants Notorious Landlord Steve Croman Reprieve for High Holidays, Postpones Sentencing
Convicted landlord Steve Croman will spend the Jewish High Holidays in the comfort of his own home instead of prison.
At his hearing yesterday, Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser elected to postpone the sentencing another two weeks for the observance. Prosecutors on behalf of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opposed the motion, but it passed nonetheless.
Croman was convicted on felony charges of grand larceny, tax fraud and filing a false instrument, but copped a plea deal in June to reduce the ultimate sentance. Under the terms of his plea, Croman will serve one year on Rikers Island and is forced to pay a $5 million tax settlement. According to The Real Deal, $3 million has already been paid to the Department of Taxation and Finance.
The rescheduled sentencing hearing is set for October 3. Konviser warned Croman that a no-show to that proceeding would result in the maximum penalty of eleven years behind bars.
Meanwhile, there is still a pending civil case against Croman over forcing tenants from their rent-controlled apartments. The next court date for this case is now scheduled for November 13.
But will he repent for his sins on the Day of Reckoning?