Friday, June 1, 2018
Steve Croman released from prison today
Public records show that landlord Steve Croman was released from prison today, two days before originally scheduled. He ended up serving eight months of a one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to various fraud charges.
In June 2017, Croman pleaded guilty to three felonies for fraudulently refinancing loans and committing tax fraud. He was expected to serve up to a year in prison and pay a $5 million tax settlement, per the Attorney General's office at the time.
Croman served his jail sentence at the Manhattan Detention Complex, aka the Tombs. Last October, the AG's office announced that Croman was "transferred to Rikers Island for one year jail sentence."
Public records at the time showed that Croman (in the system last October as Steven Crowman) was expected to be released on June 3 ...
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One Croman watcher alleged that he was set free two days earlier than expected to avoid a media throng.
And as The Lo-Down recently reported, residents of a Croman-owned building on Ridge Street claim that he has been "playing the same games with tenants that he did before he was incarcerated." As a resident said, "The only thing that’s changed is that Croman is markedly more aggressive than before. We’re all shocked that nothing’s changed for the better in our case."
Croman's real-estate portfolio via 9300 Realty includes 47 buildings with 617 units in the East Village.
Previously on EV Grieve:
AG's office: Steve Croman agrees to pay $8 million to the tenants he harassed