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Kushner Companies subpoenaed over falsified paperwork at rent-regulated buildings

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The company has been subpoenaed by the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office

One of the buildings where this falsification occurred.
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Real estate firm Kushner Companies is embroiled in yet another investigation, this time about rent-regulated apartments. Last month, the firm received a federal grand-jury subpoena in regards to paperwork the company filed about its rent-regulated units, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The subpoena was issued as part of an investigation being conducted by the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, the Journal has learned. That investigation launched soon after the Associated Press published a story in March, which detailed how the company had falsified documents submitted with the city’s Department of Buildings, showing that the company had no rent-regulated apartments, when in fact it did.

That AP story in turn followed an investigation conducted by the watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative. HRI found that Kushner Companies had falsified documents for more than 80 DOB work permits at 34 of its NYC properties between 2013 and 2016. At that time, White House advisor Jared Kushner was still the CEO of the company.

At the time of AP’s story, a spokesperson for the company said the documents were filed by a third party, and that corrective action was taken immediately if mistakes were identified, according to the Wall Street Journal. Another spokesperson told the Journal yesterday that it was fully complying with “all legitimate requests for information,” along with the subpoena.

The company is being investigated on the same matter by the New York City Council, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office as well. Kushner Companies is also under investigation for its use of the EB-5 program, and a $285 million loan received by the company one month prior to the 2016 presidential election.