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Two Long Island men cheated Brooklyn homeowners out of their deeds with the swipe of a pen and lined their own pockets by renting the properties, bilking their victims for huge sums of money, according to Brooklyn’s top lawman.

Prosecutors charged Danny Noble and his alleged sidekick Romelo Gray with running a fraud operation that falsified the deeds to nine properties over a span of five years, allegedly targeting homes whose owners did not live there and rarely visited, according to Thompson.

“It is shocking that this defendant was allegedly able to carry out such a brazen scheme, stealing properties right out from under their owners,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson.

The alleged fraudsters stole the deeds to properties across Brooklyn and Queens, including four homes in Fort Greene, Thompson said.

Noble cashed in on the properties by renting them out and posing as the rightful landlord, Thompson said. At one property, a recently renovated brownstone, he collected $1,500 per month each from tenants in two apartments in the building, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors accuse Noble of transferring five of the properties into his own name, three into a limited-liability corporation called 69 Adelphi Street LLC, and a third to an unnamed third party.

The alleged scheme unraveled after Noble and Grey allegedly falsified the deed to a Canarsie home on a visit with the intended buyer, and booted the tenants. But when the buyer began renovating the house, an employees of a nearby business owned by the home’s rightful owner notified his boss, who called the police, leading to an investigation that linked Noble and Grey to the other properties in Fort Greene, East New York, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Queens, according to the indictment.

Noble faces 25 years in prison and is being held on $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash bail, while Gray facing as many as four years in prison, is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and $5,000 cash bail. Adelphi LLC, also named in the indictment, faces a fine of up to $10,000 if charges stick.

Attorneys for the men did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to say it, but you're looking at an extremely confused John Wasserman here. Perhaps everyone should just stop paying their rent for a few months to see what happens. Pardon the suggestion.
May 18, 2015, 2:24 pm
Fort Greener from Fort Greene says:
There was a New Yorker article that spoke of this sham-scam going on all over NYC. Perhaps this is the first of many thieves who will be caught.

My building may be one of these sham buildings. An apartment renovated by a tenant who passed away is now going for $4,700 a month.

There is no doorman, no on-site maintenance, serious plumbing problems (in newly renovated units) and a crazy fool thinking a mere $20,000 can get people to move to Jersey City.
May 19, 2015, 12:15 pm
Vara from Jamaica says:
I hope they rot in hell my property is one of them.
March 26, 2016, 9:32 pm

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