Real Estate Agent Charged In Staten Island Gas Station Heist; Used Phony Deed To Transfer Title To Client's Business Property To Son, Say Cops
The following excerpt appeared in a recent NYPD Daily Blotter column in the New York Post:
- A real-estate agent was busted after he tried to steal a million-dollar Tompkinsville property from the owner, sources said. Mike Odeh, 53, was hired by the owner to sell a gas station on Bay Street and Hannah Street, the sources said.
- The owner changed his mind about the sale and notified Odeh, but the agent allegedly forged a phony deed and on Feb. 17 filed it with the County Clerk's Office, police said. The phony deed transferred the property to Odeh's son, who tried to sell the property for $300,000, cops said. The property is worth about $1.5 million, according to court papers.
- The owner learned of the scheme from another agent, and cops arrested Odeh at his Grasmere home Thursday. He was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Source: NYPD Daily Blotter (excerpt appears halfway down page).