CIVIC CENTER — A Greenwich, Connecticut woman charged with stealing another woman’s identity to get a lease for a $6,000-a-month SoHo apartment hit on the arresting officer, telling him he was handsome and asked him to "please fall on me," according to court documents and prosecutors.
Janet Lee, 42, used forged documents belonging to an unnamed victim, which included a fake driver’s license, tax return and wage statements to apply for an apartment in 480 West Broadway at Houston Street, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Lee — who was indicted on charges including felony identity theft, forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument — signed the victim’s name more than 60 times during her rental application and used her social security number.
“New York is one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “Unfortunately, hot properties can attract scammers seeking to take advantage of any openings, which is why brokers, buyers, and renters alike should remain wary of potential fraud”
Lee was busted after she went to the office of BLDG Management on June 22 and presented two money orders totaling $13,915 from a Summer Evans to the broker, according to a criminal complaint.
Lee had also previously listed Evans as an emergency contact.
Police then busted Lee and found a forged Florida driver’s license in her purse, which read “The Sunsfuine State.”
Evans, 19, was also busted and found with a forged driver’s license with the name “Noel Evans” and a forged TD bank card, according to the complaint.
The teen later told officers that Lee was her stepmother.
The woman who Lee was impersonating told detectives she did not know either woman and that the 42-year-old had acquired her real date of birth and Social Security number.
Lee then made the bizarre statement to Detective Michael McFadden while being interrogated.
“They didn't tell me you were so nice. I heard you were an a--hole. You’re McFadden,” she said, according to court filings. “They told me it would be fine, but that the only thing I’d have to watch out for is McFadden. They didn’t tell me how handsome you were. I might just beat you up. Oh, you can fall on me anytime. Please fall on me.”
Lee was released without bail after being arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday. She is due back in court on Sept. 13.
Her lawyer did not return an immediate request for comment.