Staten Island owner accused of submitting false lead paint certification

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – A Staten Island landlord has been arrested and charged after he allegedly submitted forged lead paint certifications for a Stapleton apartment building he runs, the city’s Investigations Department said on Tuesday ( DOI).

Sergey Krikunov, 56, faces one count of offering a fake instrument for first-degree deposition, which is a felony, the DOI has said.

The DOI opened an investigation into Krikunov in 2019. In October of the same year, he was the owner of 283 Van Duzer Street and submitted documents related to the reduction of lead for one of the apartments in the building, including including a certificate of correction for a lead-based paint violation. which would have been carried out by Jerome Environmental Services, LLC., said the DOI.

An employee of the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) noticed that the header did not match what the company would normally submit and contacted Jerome Environmental Services, LLC, who confirmed that he did not. performed any work on the property, according to the IS WHAT ME.

A tenant in the apartment said Krikunov painted the apartment himself, city investigators said.

“Lead paint poses serious potential health risks, especially to children, and anyone who falsifies such documents regarding its safe removal should be held responsible,” Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said. . “I would like to thank the Investigations Department for their assistance in this matter, as well as ADA Jonathan Chananie, head of the RCDA Public Corruption Unit, for pursuing this matter.”

HPD therefore cleaned up the areas where the lead-based paint violations were issued and tested the area for potential lead residue and found nothing, the DOI said.

“Homeowners who ignore these conditions, or worse, provide false documents to the city to avoid paying penalties, should be held accountable for their negligence and attempts to circumvent the law,” said DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett. “The DOI thanks the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office for the prosecution of this matter. “

If convicted, Krikunov faces up to four years in prison.

“Sir. Krikunov is a good person,” lawyer Arthur Gershfeld said of his client. “The district attorney is working very rigorously on the cases and I am sure we will find an amicable resolution once there is ‘case resolved. “

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