Daniel wrote about the Steven Green slumlord case in his Tampa Tribune column yesterday. It really is a joke how Green can even remotely suggest he his a “victim of circumstance”. If he’s a victim of anything, he’s a victim of getting caught. If he was so sure of his innocence, why did he choose to plead guilty to federal charges of failing to file tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and using a false Social Security number on an application for a $9 million mortgage? Yes your honor for I plead guilty. however, it’s not MY fault.
Thanks to the media, this story got local attention and exposed the plight of tenants who were the unfortunate victims of his money greed. If you listen to Green, it’s Hillsborough County’s fault for condemning the apartments as code violations accrued again and again. Hey, if they didn’t inspect, there wouldn’t have been any code violations.
And his “I’m a good guy because I give to charity excuse” is insulting. Do we allow bank robbers to get away with the robbery as long as they donate a portion of their crime profits to charity? No, of course not. Green is getting off easy with a 33 month sentence, probation, restitution, and fines. He should be forced to live in the same dump apartments he chose to purchase and rent to others.
What do you think? Post your comments.