NJ property manager to pay landmark $4.5 M to renters he sought sexual favors from: DOJ
A scary New Jersey landlord accused of demanding sexual favors from lots of his low-income renters in exchange for real estate aid has actually consented to pay a landmark $4.5 million settlement, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Joseph Centanni, 73, who owned numerous rentals around Elizabeth, will pay the massive amount to his accusers to settle a federal suit declaring he sexually bothered susceptible renters over a 15-year span.
The agreement marks the largest monetary settlement the DOJ has actually ever acquired in a case alleging sexual harassment in real estate.
Centanni allegedly demanded oral sex or touched the renters inappropriately in exchange for assisting them remain in their houses or get lease support.
He threatened to force out those who declined his demands or declined his advances, according to the claim filed last August.
to massage or touch him sexually.Getty Images/iStockphoto Centanni would presumably take tenants and housing candidates to empty homes or storeroom where he ‘d require massages, expose himself or force them to touch him in a sexual manner.
The property owner would target ladies and gay or bisexual guys, the DOJ stated.
Centanni’s residential or commercial properties accepted federal Section 8 housing coupons, netting him more than $100,000 in Real estate Option Coupon payments monthly.
The $4.5 million he has consented to pay will be dispersed to his victims through a payment fund, according to the DOJ.
Joseph Centanni.Getty Images/iStockphoto He has actually also been banned from ever owning or handling rental properties.” The need for housing is a fundamental human requirement,” Performing United States Attorney Rachael A. Honig of the District of New Jersey stated in a declaration announcing the settlement.
” Joseph Centanni made use of that need, and the essential federal programs that try to satisfy it, by threatening to reject his victims a roofing system over their heads if they did not submit to his needs for sexual acts.”
Individually, Centanni is dealing with several criminal sexual attack and attempted sexual attack charges including at least 20 occupants that were filed in March in Union County.
That case is still proceeding, a representative for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office stated Tuesday.
Centanni’s attorney, Raymond Londa, said the property manager didn’t confess to any wrongdoing in consenting to the settlement.
” Mr. Centanni settled the matter to prevent lengthy lawsuits,” Londa stated. “Mr. Centanni continues to reject the allegations.”
With Post wires
Released at Tue, 14 Dec 2021 21:08:05 +0000