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Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Landlord Used Dead Jewish Notary Public’s Signature To Evict Tenants

Published on: February 27, 2018 10:52 AM
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The landlord of 455 Tompkins Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Abdus Shahid, is accused of using a dead notary public's signature on court filings, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said. (Google)The landlord of 455 Tompkins Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Abdus Shahid, is accused of using a dead notary public's signature on court filings, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said. (Google)

Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn building owner was charged with forgery and other charges for allegedly using a deceased’s notary public’s stamp and signature on court filings to try to evict tenants from his apartment building in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Abdus Shahid was charged with forgery charges for trying to illegally evict five tenants by using a notary stamp that belonged to Yitzchok Ring — who died in October 2014.

District Attorney Gonzalez said “This defendant attempted to fool the court by using someone else’s identity for his nefarious business plans. As Brooklyn continues to soar in popularity as a wonderful place to live, I am committed to protecting the rights of its residents.”

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Abdus Shahid, 64, owner and a resident of 455 Tompkins Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Shahid was arraigned late Friday, February 23, 2018, in Brooklyn Criminal Court on a criminal complaint in which he is charged with 28 counts of second-degree forgery, 28 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and 28 counts of second-degree making an apparently sworn false statement. He was released without bail.

The defendant filed civil suits against five tenants he was trying to evict, claiming they damaged his property. The tenants, who were represented by the Legal Aid Society, claimed the landlord was trying to evict them for filing complaints against him with 311.

The alleged forgery was discovered when a Legal Aid attorney representing a tenant noticed the deceased notary’s signature on court filings.

In his court filings, the defendant verified and purportedly signed all the documents using the notary stamp and signature of Yitzchok Ring, who died on October 6, 2014. The court documents in the eviction proceedings were filed between March 16, 2015 and September 8, 2016.

The case was investigated by Detective Investigator Jacqueline Klapak of the Kings County District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit, under the supervision of Senior Detective Investigator Michael Seminara.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Vivian Young Joo, of the District Attorney’s Frauds Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Christopher Blank, Chief of the District Attorney’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.



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 Feb 27, 2018 at 11:04 AM Yossi Says:

Not funny even for Pirim

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 11:14 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

glad to hear, hope he goes after the plentiful frum landlords as well who cheat.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 11:35 AM stamnamefortrump Says:

Sounds mooslim. Nice that it isn't a jew

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 11:39 AM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

glad to hear, hope he goes after the plentiful frum landlords as well who cheat.

Was highly important to mention Yiddn now. Looks like u realky envy all landlords makinf money. Self hating Jew.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 12:21 PM fat36 Says:

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stamnamefortrump Says:

Sounds mooslim. Nice that it isn't a jew

For a change

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 12:48 PM Reb Yid Says:

Obviously illegal, but what difference does it make? The whole purpose of having a document notarized is to verify that the guy whose signature is there actually signed it. And here, there is no question that Mr. Shahid actually signed the documents.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 01:21 PM czyrankevic Says:

you got me scared for a minute

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 02:39 PM Bezalel Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

Obviously illegal, but what difference does it make? The whole purpose of having a document notarized is to verify that the guy whose signature is there actually signed it. And here, there is no question that Mr. Shahid actually signed the documents.

Good point.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 02:47 PM Gabrielle Nash Tessler Says:

Somebody did the exact same thing to me to snatch a shul in North Bay Village Florida

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