NYC Property Manager accused of Skimming thousands in Rent: DA

Manhattan, NY:  Manhattan prosecutors named the former property manager of Jean Mainor’s building as 42-year-old Shatina Howell. Mainor says that Howell acted suspiciously for several months.

During the coronavirus pandemic in 2019 and 2022, prosecutors say Howell stole more than $56,000 from about 60 renters in several buildings across Harlem while working as a property manager.

A lot of the people who are hurt are seniors, disabled people, and low-income New Yorkers.

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“We found that she had signed and endorsed one of my cashier checks when we looked into it.” She told me, “I’ll get back to you,” when I was talking to her about how she took my rent. Major said, “I’m going to Greece.”

Howell is accused of taking rent payments from tenants by hand as a favor during the pandemic, but then she is said to have stolen the money and put it in her bank account.

Tenant complaints led to an investigation, which ended with Howell being fired and, finally, her arrest this week.

Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan D.A., says this case was made for his office’s Housing and Tenant Protection Unit to look into for a long time.

Yesterday it rained while Shatina Howell was in court. Two counts of third-degree grand theft and one count of first-degree plan to defraud have been brought against her. She was released on her recognizance because she is not qualified for bail on either charge. Howell could spend up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty.