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St. Petersburg landlord indicted

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - One of St. Petersburg's most notorious landlords has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Tampa for EPA violations and falsifying records.

Michael Shimshoni, 56, faces up to 44 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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Federal prosecutors say he failed to warn tenants at one of his residential properties about the hazards of lead contamination at the site, and then falsified records submitted to a grand jury to make it appear that he did issue warnings.

Last August, a single mother renting from Shimshoni told 8 On Your Side she never would have moved in and subjected her toddler to the danger of the lead contamination in her apartment if she had know about the hazard.

Shimshoni owns or controls dozens of rundown properties in the St. Petersburg area through Pinellas Properties, Inc, Affordable Realty and Property Management, Inc and other entities.

He has a record of more code violations than any other landlord in the city.

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