You are reading

Astoria landlord charged for allegedly scamming prospective tenants


Aug. 14, 2013 By Christian Murray

An Astoria landlord, who allegedly ripped off more than 20 prospective tenants by taking their deposits and first-month’s rent—before putting off their move-in-dates and keeping the money, was charged yesterday.

Mario Lalicata (a/k/a Mario Lamagra), 54, of 25-55 48th Street,  was arraigned last night on a 22-count criminal complaint charging him with counts of grand larceny and fraud. According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Lalicata defrauded 21 prospective tenants out of $17,000 in rent and deposits.

Lalicata allegedly used craigslist to find tenants for a basement apartment that was part of his home.  Between March 23, 2013, and August 13, 2013, Lalicata took security deposits ranging from $500 to $2,000 from tenants and, in two instances, also collected the first-month’s rent.

As the tenants’ move-in dates approached, Lalicata allegedly postponed the moves by making up various excuses, such as the apartment was not ready or that the electricity was not working.

When the tenants grew tired of the excuses and asked for their money back, Lalicata allegedly either promised to return the money or said that he had used the money for repairs before he eventually stopped taking or returning their calls.

Lalicata faces up to four years in prison if convicted.


email the author:
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.