A Queens landlady who tried everything to evict a tenant and his two teenage daughters - including filing fake child abuse claims and dumping their belongings onto a rainy street - will have to pay the family $500,000, a jury decided.
Minako Wong, 56, made life a living hell for single dad Jose San Martin, 39, from the moment he moved into her Elmhurst apartment building in February 2006, the victims said.
Queens landlady forced to pay $500,000 for wrongful eviction
The fight began shortly after San Martin signed a lease with Wong for the $1,100-a-month, one-bedroom apartment.
Wong became infuriated when she learned San Martin's daughters - Leslie, now 18, and Ashley, 14 - were temporarily moving in with him, said San Martin's lawyer, Peter Kelley.
From then on, Wong routinely pounded on their door, screaming that she could hear noise in her apartment below. She burst into their apartment unannounced and posted flyers in the halls of the five-unit building that accused San Martin of neglecting the girls.
The feud came to a head on May 30, 2006, when Wong snuck into San Martin's vacant apartment, gathered their things and dumped them onto the sidewalk.
A steady rain soaked the items - including the girls' computer, their schoolbooks and their undergarments, which were strewn prominently around the mess.