By Trevor Kapp and Murray Weiss
MANHATTAN — A conniving Russian-born realtor was arrested Thursday morning for swindling $79,000 in rent subsidies from the city despite owning an Upper West Side condo and a Hamptons home, according to a criminal complaint.
Nataliya Dyakovskaya began renting an apartment in the Vladeck Houses on the Lower East Side for $400 a month in 1987, 10 years after she came to the U.S. with just $30, according to her website.
But she failed to notify the NYC Housing Authority that she had since started the realty firm Henry Madison Group and purchased the Upper West Side condo for almost $700,000.
In addition to that pricey pad, Dyakovskaya also purchased a lavish East Hampton home for $885,000 in 2005 and an adjacent vacant lot for $515,000.
According to the complaint, she received more than $79,103 in subsidies she was not entitled to from April 1, 2007, to Jan. 6 of this year.
Dyakovskaya first told the city's Department of Investigation that she spent little time in the Vladeck Houses because of a poor relationship with her daughter, according to the Daily News.
But she later admitted she has lived in her Upper West Side condo since the late 1990s.
Dyakovskaya also confessed that she failed to report all of this to NYCHA, according to the News.
She was arraigned and released on $50,000 bond.