State opens inquiry into "mystery mover"
Authorities are trying to crack the code of silence around a shadowy figure illegally blanketing the city with fliers for movers.
“We are reviewing the matter,” said Matthew Glazer, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.
As amNewYork recently reported, one Brooklyn man owes the city $2 million in fines for illegally posting signs for “cheap movers” on light poles, mostly in Mahattan. Authorities have identified Vadim Gilman (if that’s his real name), of Brooklyn, as the one responsible for tacking up the pesky signs for “professional and reliable” moving services all over the city.
But state and city authorities can’t figure out who he is, and the scam has all the trappings of a “highly organized criminal conspiracy,” said Councilwoman Gale Brewer, (D-Manhattan). Gilman uses a fake Brooklyn address and phone numbers as well as untraceable cell phones, the state Department of Transportation said.
“I never have seen anything like this,” said Brewer, (D-Manhattan), who wrote to the Manhattan district attorney and state AG’s office to investigate after getting numerous complaints about the fliers. “The posters are still alive and well.”
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan DA confirmed they received Brewer’s letter, but said she couldn’t comment on investigations. Glazer said the state’s consumer fraud bureau is “looking into it.”
Meanwhile, a Brooklyn salesman who has the unfortunate luck of sharing Gilman’s name said authorities wrongly badgered him for months last year about the moving posters.
“I went through hell with these people,” Gilman said. “They tried to drag me into this. Why is it so difficult to come out with a solution to this issue?”