An NYPD officer has been indicted on numerous charges on Monday after allegedly transferring the deed of an abandoned house in Bed-Stuy to herself, prosecutors say.
Blanche O'Neal, 45, who is an officer with the 83rd Precinct, filed a deed in 2012 that stated she owned 23A Vernon Ave. The property, which was vacant and neglected, belonged to the nephew of the deceased homeowner. The rightful owners discovered the scheme when they were approached by an interested buyer, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson's office.
City records show O’Neal purchased the property for $10,000 last year. Zillow estimates the property is worth $1.1 million.
She was arraigned on charges of second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and first-degree perjury on Monday and released without bail. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
“This defendant allegedly stole a house from its rightful owner with the stroke of a pen, apparently hoping no one would notice. But her brazen actions have unraveled and she will now be held accountable. That she is a veteran NYPD officer makes this alleged crime all the more disturbing," Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson said in a prepared statement.