Jon Girodes, the Republican State Senate candidate who recently came under fire for planning to donate Kool Aid, KFC, and watermelons to his prospective East Harlem constituents, was arrested on Friday for allegedly ripping off 10 people in a Craigslist rent scam.
According to the Post, Girodes listed his luxury apartment at 635 W. 42nd for just $1,000 a month and "rented" it out to victims who would give him up to a year's rent in cash. An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist that Girodes had 10 different arrest numbers and was charged with both grand larceny and criminal impersonation.
"It's the same apartment every single time, the same sort of lease structure. It's very obvious that there's no intent to ever rent out this apartment," Pierre Gooding, the attorney representing 10 of Girodes's alleged victims told NBC New York.
"The scam is simple: he posts on Craigslist under his name or assumed name saying he's posting an apartment that's affordable because that's his initiative as a public officer," Gooding said. "The person comes over, he shows them the amenities, wines them and dines them and takes their money. And then he comes up with various reasons why he won't return that money."
Girodes allegedly took $9,000 up front from Sara Angella, a 31-year-old Master's candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The day Angella was supposed to move in, Girodes texted her saying he wouldn't be able to give her the keys—and when she complained to building management, Angella was allegedly told she wasn't the first victim.
He also allegedly stole $3,200 from another woman who signed a lease and planned to move in the beginning of September. On the day she was supposed to move in, Girodes told her via text message that the deal was off and called her a "crazy drama queen." In that particular instance, the Post says Girodes sent an intern from his office to return the money.
Girodes' campaign website and social media pages have been taken down. It's unclear whether he plans on staying in the race—he has previously claimed to be the victim of a conspiracy against the Republican party.
"I love the NYPD, and there are two sides to every story," he said while being walked out of the 7th Precinct police station last night.