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West Hampton Dunes Landlady Sentenced For Intimidating, Threatening Renters

Federal Court in Brooklyn.
Federal Court in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: File

An abusive Long Island landlady who tormented summer renters with mailed threats will avoid time behind bars after being sentenced.

Sheila Friedman, 75, of Delray Beach, who was accused of sending envelopes filled with metal shavings and rat droppings to renters of her West Hampton Dunes property, was sentenced in Brooklyn Federal Court to five months of home confinement for mailing threats.

The Florida resident was accused of requesting down payments, ranging from $2,500 to $117,000, from prospective tenants of her West Hampton Dunes home — which she then refused to return.

Friedman was accused of trying to intimidate and terrorize tenants of her $1.7 million house who tried to get security deposits back. Two of those incidents required police intervention, though due to her age and medical concerns, she will avoid jail time.

According to reports, Friedman is suffering from several maladies and is a cancer survivor.

Last year, Friedman was charged with sending the letters after several disputes over thousands of dollars worth of down payments dating back nearly a decade. She pleaded guilty in November.

In addition to her home confinement, Friedman was also ordered to sell the house and use the proceeds to pay a $30,000 fine and pay $74,000 in restitution to her victims. She will be monitored by an ankle bracelet during her confinement. 

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