[Marxism] Fwd: Trump Tower, a Home for Celebrities and Charlatans - The New York Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 13 13:08:10 MDT 2017

Another notorious resident was Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former Haitian 
dictator overthrown in a 1986 popular uprising, who owned a $2.5 million 
condominium through a Panamanian holding company.

In 1988, Jay Weinberg, a New York-bred career criminal, moved into Unit 
63-A while under indictment for running what prosecutors said was the 
largest Medicaid fraud in history. After being convicted of using his 
low-cost, Brooklyn-based medical clinic to improperly bill Medicaid for 
$16 million in fees from 381,000 appointments that never took place, he 
was sentenced to seven to 21 years in prison. As prosecutors noted, he 
was literally robbing the poor to feed the rich.

Mr. Weinberg wouldn’t even be the only convict who obtained keys to that 
particular unit. In 2009, it sold to Vadim Trincher, a Russian-born 
poker champion, for $5 million. In 2013, Mr. Trincher was convicted of 
running a gambling ring catering to Russian mobsters and sentenced to 
five years.


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