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"A Manhattan woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to scam thousands of dollars in fees by placing a bogus ad in a newspaper offering cheap rents in fancy apartments, authorities said yesterday. Raadiya James, 22, is accused of buying an ad in AM New York on Dec. 2 that mimicked an official announcement from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development offering cheap apartments on West 57th Street. In exchange for a $5 application fee, the home-seekers were offered a shot at studios for $538 and two-bedrooms for $823. Over the next few days, more than 1,000 money orders poured into a post-office box." [NYP]