Squatter Must Leave Elderly Woman's Home, New York Judge Rules

| by Jared Keever

A New York man accused of squatting in a 70-year-old woman’s home has been ordered out of her house after a judge rejected claims, made by the man, that he was allowed to be there. 

Judge Inez Hoyos of Queens Housing Court told Darrell Beatty Wednesday he had to leave Jennifer Merin’s home in the Queens neighborhood of Laurelton, the New York Daily News reports. 

It’s not the first time he has been told to leave. Hoyos ordered him out once before, but he filed emergency papers to stay while he tried to fight eviction. 

Beatty, 49, was arrested in October on grand larceny and other charges related to allegedly forging a deed for Merin’s home. 

Merin says the process to get the man out of her home is taking entirely too long.

The elderly woman reportedly spends most of her time in her Manhattan apartment. She went to check on the home in May when she noticed a spike in the water bills at the property. 

When she arrived, she found that the locks had been changed and many of her possessions were missing. 

She called police but they told her she would have to take the matter up with the housing court in order to get Beatty out of the home her family has owned since the 1930s. 

Beatty fought eviction, claiming he had a legal right to be in the home. He even produced the deed that authorities now say is a forgery. 

“This is something that I have called ‘estate rape,’” Merin told CBS-New York last month when police arrested Beatty. 

“I heard the words ‘you’re under arrest’ and just wanted to thank God,” she said.

But Beatty posted bond and moved right back into the house. 

“I was duped in this situation also,” Beatty told the court Wednesday, claiming also that he had paid a man, named Khalid Moore, $10,000 in advance rent to live in the home. 

But no one has ever met Moore and Beatty has no proof he ever paid anyone money. 

Hoyos gave Beatty 10 days to leave the house. 

Merin said she was relieved that the matter, for her, is coming to an end, but she complained about the slow movement of the court. 

“Beyond the fact that he stole my house, I'm also a victim of the failure for this justice system to get him out of my house in a timely fashion,” she said. “I think it is the theater of the absurd. I think the guy should be out today.”

Beatty faces up to 15 years in prison for the various criminal charges in the case. His future court dates have not yet been reported. 

Sources: New York Daily News, CBS-New York

Photo Source: WikiCommons, Anthony Delmundo/New York Daily News