NEW YORK, NY—In the midst of a heated public relations battle with the city over traffic court traffic, a New York City man filed a lawsuit against the city Friday, claiming it is a criminal conspiracy to defraud him of millions of dollars in property tax revenue.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Eric D. Roussos claims he was defrauded out of millions by the city and its police department during a five-year period between 2007 and 2010.
Roussas is seeking to recover damages, court costs and attorneys fees related to a number of frauds and misstatements made by the police department and the city.
“This case is about a very simple question: Did police corruption create a criminal enterprise in New York?
Or did it simply become a criminal cartel?
Or is the city guilty of fraud, or should it be held to account for the millions in fraud that it has committed in its quest to gain control over the public’s trust?”
Rousso said in a press release.
The city claims that Rousos is not the rightful owner of the property in question, and is therefore liable for the taxes it collected from him in the years between 2007 to 2010.
City attorney Daniel Daley said that, despite the lawsuit, Rousssos is still entitled to tax dollars.
“He is not entitled to property tax refunds because he’s not the real owner of that property, so he’s still liable for all the taxes that are due,” Daley told the Daily News.
“It’s all based on what is actually owed.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Roes said he believes the city is trying to steal property from him by fraud.
“I just don’t understand why they’re trying to make this look like an insurance scam,” RousSos said.
“The city is making this out to be a fraud.
I feel very strongly about it.
This is what I do for a living.
I make my living selling stuff, not just collecting taxes.
They’re taking something that I made, and they’re making it seem like I’m a crook because I’m not.”
The case is the latest in a long line of city corruption lawsuits filed by Rousse, who said he is being persecuted for doing his job.
He said he filed the lawsuit because he was upset with what he saw as a city that was “running roughshod over the citizens of New York.”
“I’m not a politician, and I have no intention of being a politician,” Rosesos said, adding that he has worked as a lawyer for more than 30 years.
“I’m a businessman.
I’m working on my business.
I don’t have a political affiliation.”
In court documents, the city claimed Rousas had filed multiple complaints against police officers and other city employees.
The NYPD maintains that it is investigating Rousses claims.
The mayor and police commissioner have denied any wrongdoing in connection with the lawsuit.