Former Harlem Senate Candidate Gets Prison For Craigslist Rent Scam

September 7, 2017

NY Post reports that a disgraced New York State Senate candidate was sentenced to three to six years in prison Wednesday for ripping off more than a dozen people in a Craigslist rent scam.

Jon Girodes, 39, previously took a plea deal for defrauding his victims out of more than $63,000, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

He listed his luxury Midtown pad for $1100 a month, took hefty deposits from 13 victims then refused to hand over the keys from August to September of 2016, authorities said.

“In New York’s competitive real estate market, a luxury one-bedroom apartment on 42nd Street listed at a deeply discounted rate was too good to be true,” said DA Cyrus Vance Jr. in a statement.

Girodes met with each of the 13 victims, falsely claimed he owned the unit and signed overlapping leases with them.

But the crooked pol had no authority to sublease the apartment, officials said.

At the last minute, he told the victims they wouldn’t be able to move in, but many had already incurred moving costs and were left without a place to stay, the DA’s office said.

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Girodes was running for a Harlem state senate seat when he was busted for the scam last year.

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