Man posed as social media mogul in US arrested for rent scam - report
MOSCOW, June 30 (RAPSI) – New York authorities have arrested Russian national who claimed to be one of the top social media moguls in order to get favorable rent price at luxury estates, The New York Post reported on Monday.
According to The New York Post, Pavel Sukhorukov allegedly posed himself as Victor Federov, the owner of popular Russian network Mail.ru which operates top social media sites in the country.
He allegedly misinformed landowners of expensive New York apartments to get a rent discount paying $40,000 for a one-month sublet at 77 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village which is slightly below the market price. Sukhorukov is also suspected of duping landowners of Archive building in the West Village paying just $12,000 for a two-week sublet.
Assistant District Attorney Adam Maltz has claimed that Sukhorukov used sophisticated forgery and multiple aliases to proceed with his plan, The New York Post reported. According to New York authorities, Sukhorukov did not pay rent for any of the properties and is currently being held on $75,000 bond.