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AG creates enforcement teams to focus on housing issues

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Credit: Charles Eckert

The state’s top prosecutor has created two new teams focused on housing issues such as tenant harassment and deceptive lending practices.

The Real Estate Finance Bureau will address complaints of civil fraud such as tenant harassment, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.

The bureau will be led by Brent Meltzer, who is now an assistant commissioner at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Meltzer is expected to join the attorney general’s office on Aug. 1.

In addition, the attorney general is creating a new group in his office’s criminal division that will investigate allegations of bank fraud, deceptive lending practices, deed theft, tenant harassment and frauds committed against city and state agencies.

The Real Estate Enforcement Unit will be headed by John Spagna, who is now a special counsel for the attorney general.

More information is available at ag.ny.gov.

— maura mcdermott

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