Real Estate Brokers Accused of 'Terrorizing' UES Woman

By Ben Fractenberg on September 20, 2010 1:44pm 

A woman claims she was illegally locked out of her Upper East Side apartment soon after moving to the city.
A woman claims she was illegally locked out of her Upper East Side apartment soon after moving to the city.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER EAST SIDE — A Manhattan sub letter lost her apartment, job, possessions and even her dog after two real estate brokers allegedly "terrorized" her because her rent check bounced, the New York Post reported Monday.

Architect Barbara McGill filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court against Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate broker Stefani Pace and her broker boyfriend Avraham Lasri, after the couple locked her out of her Upper East Side apartment at 19 East 65th Street, got her fired from her job and left her Great Dane at an ASPCA after McGill unknowingly bounced a rent check after signing a lease on June 3.

McGill said she produced a letter from her bank stating that her rent check and security deposit — totaling $6,400 — bounced because she was the victim of identity theft.

"I am far from perfect, but you know what? I have never, ever, done something this bad to anybody," McGill told the Post. "I want people to know what these people have done to me.... They terrorized me."

Pace allegedly called McGill’s boss several times saying she was involved in "fraudulent acts" and changed the locks on her apartment and put her possessions in storage.

McGill said she spent six hours tracking down her dog at an ASPCA.

Lasri reportedly said he believes McGill is making up the entire story.

"She's playing the victim, but if you see who she really is, she's not really a victim," he told the Post.

Lasri said he plans on filing a counter-suit, according to the paper.

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