St. Petersburg landlord indicted - WFLA News Channel 8

St. Petersburg landlord indicted

Posted: Updated:
Michael Shimshoni Michael Shimshoni
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.

Related content: St. Pete landlord changes mind on federal plea deal

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.

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

    Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:45:52 GMT
    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
    Tampa Bay Water is celebrating a rebirth of sort for its beleaguered Bill Young reservoir. TBW is now diverting water from the Alafia river and filling the reservoir after a massive gutting and renovation project that cost in excess of $124 million dollars.
  • 8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

    8 on your side helps stranded Riverview driver get a new car

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:10:54 GMT
    Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon.
    Last week, 8 on your side told you about the plight of Christopher Soto and his recalled car.Last fall, Soto purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu from DriveTime, a used car dealership in Brandon.
  • Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:25:05 GMT
    Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.

    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.