If the name Jon Asgeir Johannesson sounds familiar, it's because the Icelandic financier-slash-alleged-scamster was recently sued by the tenants of his 16th-floor apartment at 50 Gramercy Park North. The tenants, Paramount Realty Group, accused Johanneson and his wife of installing cheap Ikea furniture and tossing chewed-up chicken wings onto Paramount's terrace from the couple's duplex penthouse upstairs. Now Paramount's lawsuit isn't the only reason Johannesson might be wishing he'd gotten rid of more cash by buying nicer furniture: the Post reports that bank officials have issued a subpoena to the 50 Gramercy Park North co-op board for Johannesson's financial records.
What brings the Icelandic suits to Gramercy Park? Johannesson, who's been accused of looting banks and sending Iceland into its financial tailspin, recently told a London judge he had only a million pounds left. But he allegedly just paid off his $10 million Gramercy mortgage with money wired from a Canadian bank account. Sources tell the Post he's also been seen at the penthouse over the past few months. But has anyone checked the 16th-floor terrace for chicken wings?
· Gramercy Pakr key: Icelandic officials target tony co-op in banking probe [NYP]
· Foreign Couple Defiles 50 Gramercy Park North With Ikea Furniture! [Curbed]