A notorious New York slumlord was sentenced to more than five years in prison Tuesday for ordering an accomplice to set fires at properties he wanted to flip, prosecutors said.
Daniel Melamed was hit with a 66-month sentence by Manhattan federal Judge Lewis Kaplan after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.
Melamed copped to ordering fires set at three properties in Brooklyn and Long Island between 2011 and 2013, including one house in Albertson where a family lived with their pets, according to the feds.
The family escaped from the house unharmed, but the blaze badly damaged the house and burned the pets alive, prosecutors said.
Melamed, 44, allegedly used code phrases with his cohort, Curtis Williams — like telling him to “pour milk” when he wanted a fire ignited at a property, according to the feds.
In addition to the Albertson fire, Melamed directed Williams to set blazes at a house on East 32nd Street in Flatbush and at a house on Dean Street in Boerum Hill, the feds said.
Melamed, a notorious slumlord in Brooklyn, had previously copped to charges of mortgage fraud, grand larceny, forgery and other crimes in Brooklyn state court for bilking the US Department of Housing and Urban Development by drawing up phony loan documents.
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