A woman whose Queens home was stolen out from under her is suing the city for allowing the theft to happen.
Jennifer Merin charges in documents filed in Queens Supreme Court that the city allowed Darrell Beatty to claim her house as his own, live there for eight months, then plunder and trash the Laurelton property.
“They know this has been a problem and have not corrected it. I was victim of the same negligence. It turned my life upside down, completely,” Merin, 72, told the Daily News.
Her suit charges that the deed Beatty submitted to the City Register in March 2014 was so sketchy it would have raised many red flags if officials had paid attention.
The deed listed an Edith Moore, who does not exist, as the transferor, papers claim. The deed also reported the sale price as $0.00.
“There was no due diligence,” Merin said.
A Law Department spokesman said recent reforms have taken place at the city’s Department of Finance.