Republican candidate for state Senate, Jon Girodes, was arrested Friday for in a Craigslist rent scam. The SAME senate candidate that outraged Harlem residents by telling a reporter he planned to woo prospective voters in the historically black neighborhood with
“Kool Aid, fried chicken and watermelons”
Girodes faces several grand larceny charges for listing his ritzy Hell’s Kitchen apartment online and collecting rent deposits — only to back out of the deals and keep the cash. He stole a total of $50,000 from 10 victims, and is running for the Harlem state Senate seat now held by Bill Perkins,
After listing his luxury digs at 635 W. 42nd St. and demanding a year’s rent in cash up front, the politico refused to hand over the keys. He stole over $11,000 from one woman alone — $7,750 for a purported lease and another $3,500 to “help” her find an immigration lawyer, ABC News reported.
The candidate said,
“I love the NYPD, but there are two sides to every story.“
He was smiling as cops loaded him into the back of an unmarked SUV, as he headed to Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned.
(Photo, Angus Mordant; via NY Daily News)