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Gingersnap
12-03-2008, 11:01 AM
Newspaper 'Steals' Empire State Building in Just 90 Minutes

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Empire State Building is lit red, green and white for the Christmas season.
In what has been described as one of the biggest heists in American history, the Empire State Building was reportedly stolen this week by a New York City newspaper in less than 90 minutes.

The New York Daily News drew up fake documents, created a bogus notary stamp and filed paperwork with the city and successfully took ownership of the $2 billion property on Monday.

The heist illustrates what it descibes as a gaping loophole in the city system that doesn't require clerks to actually verify information.

The office of the city register, upon receipt of the phony documents prepared by the newspaper, transferred ownership of the 102-story building from Empire State Land Associates to Nelots Properties, LLC. Nelots is "stolen" spelled backward.

To further enhance the absurdity of the heist, included on the bogus paperwork were original "King Kong" star Fay Wray as witness and Willie Sutton, the notorious bank robber, as the notary.

"Of course, stealing the Empire State Building wouldn't go unnoticed for long, but it shows how easy it is for con artists to swipe more modest buildings right out from under their owners," the paper concluded.

Nearly 24 hours after the fake deed was filed, the newspaper returned the building to its rightful owners.

I am completely unsurprised by this.

Fox (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,460866,00.html)

megimoo
12-03-2008, 11:06 AM
I am completely unsurprised by this.

Fox (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,460866,00.html)And the city's tax department sent its first demand payment notice to the new owners !