A Castle Hill landlord who attempted to bribe an undercover Department of Investigations official posing as a City Housing Preservation and Development code enforcement inspector now faces seven years behind bars.
Muktadir Rohman, of Queens, owner and landlord of the three-unit house at 1817 Gleason Avenue, was arrested and charged on Thursday, December 27, with bribery, criminal solicitation and obstructing governmental administration.
The investigator found several housing violations that included a broken radiator valve, an obstructed second exit and failure to provide a peephole on the door of one of the apartments.
According to DOI Commissioner Rose Hearn when Rohman, 32, was confronted with these issues he offered the undercover investigator $100 and made it quite clear that it was in exchange for overlooking the violations.
Lydia Santos, a former tenant of the house, whose parents at one time owned of the property, said that while there, she had problems with heating that were never addressed by the landlord. Santos
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