Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Real estate scam artist busted by Arnold Diaz
From PIX 11:
“I’m calling the police right now. I’m calling the police. You have no right to be here,” said Phivos Ioannou. He ordered PIX11 to leave his office at Astoria First Realty where we’d come after getting a complaint from Erica Rosen and her fiancé, Marine vet Miguel Rodriguez.
The couple had seen a listing online for a two-bedroom apartment for $2,500 a month. They met with Dino Ioannou, Phiovos’ son, who showed them the apartment. They loved it and gave Dino a $5,000 cash deposit for security and broker’s fee. The couple says Dino told them “the apartment was ours.”
But when they didn’t hear from Dino for a week, Erica Rosen says “we got in contact with the owner of the building and the owner said he never knew anything about us, and the apartment was never ours and he has five other applicants for it. He said he wants nothing else to do with us.” Miguel says “at that point we asked for our money back and Dino never wanted to give us our money back.”
Yes, we've seen this guy before.