Things That Are Dumb: Elmhurst couple faces 7 years in prison for illegal conversion - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the March 2018 Juniper Berry Magazine

Things That Are Dumb: Elmhurst couple faces 7 years in prison for illegal conversion

Segundo and Maria Chimbay of Elmhurst allegedly converted a one-family home they own at 40-33 Forley St. into five SROs (single-room occupancies). Tenants were discovered living in the cellar, second floor and attic. They all shared a kitchen on the first floor. The illegal rentals were carried out despite the presence of a vacate order on the home, posted when DOB initially discovered the illegal conversion in 2016. The couple were charged on an 18-count indictment of first-degree scheme to defraud, fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment, and 15 violations of the New York City Administrative Code. It's doubtful at this point that the homeowners feel that the additional income was worth it.

March 2018 Juniper Berry Magazine

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