$CAMMED 50G IN TENANT'S NAME: DA
By BRIGITTE WILLIAMS-JAMES and IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON
August 30, 2008
A Queens landlord assumed a tenant's identity, bought himself a BMW and racked up more than $20,000 in credit-card debt, the Queens District Attorney's Office charged yesterday.
Phivos Ioannou, 47, of Astoria, could get 15 years in prison if found guilty of grand larceny and identity theft.
Ioannou allegedly used the name and Social Security number of his tenant, Jorgji Glekas.
He took out a $32,000 car loan last year and had a Visa card issued to him in Glekas' name, the DA said.
"This is a disturbing case in that the defendant is alleged to have invaded his victim's privacy in the place she should feel safest - her home," said DA Richard Brown.
Ioannou's lawyer, Michael Anastazio, noted that the case was still under investigation and that his client "has denied all the allegations."