Social graph analysis reveals criminal conspiracy of slumlords


27 Responses to “Social graph analysis reveals criminal conspiracy of slumlords”

  1. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I can haz impalements?

  2. phisrow says:

    It is my understanding that a conspiracy of lords is called an “Aristocracy”…

  3. digi_owl says:

    So in essence, each red connection is a family connection (either blood or marriage). The shit really hits the fan at the end where there is a person connected both to the mortgage company that loaned money to the various LLCs, and to various restaurants in the city.

    Also, didn’t someone do something similar with a bunch or large multinationals and their board members? I think the result was that a few people was found to share various boards and so could in essence direct the world economy among them. That is, not everyone was in a single central board together. But each of them was member of a board with at least one other member of said group. So if they wanted, they could relay a message, off the record, between any two members of the group.

  4. travtastic says:

    Okay, now one for the rest of America.

  5. Brett Goldstock says:

    Is there a link somewhere to an article on the actual prosecution in this case?

  6. lavardera says:

    So let me get this straight. These people were probably leading a good life, while taking rent from these tenants while the renter’s kids got lead exposure. Meanwhile they enriched themselves by reselling the building to themselves at ever greater value. 

    hm. people suck.

    • blueelm says:

      Yes, and their tenants are probably poor enough that moving is an expensive and risky option.

    • digi_owl says:

      And isolating themselves from the loan repercussions by way of a LLC. As such they could skim the profits into their personal accounts, but leave the loans on the company books. Then when the loan terms are becoming troublesome they flip it to another LLC with different extended family members, and the whole things keep on going.

  7. SedanChair says:

    So, is this actually a criminal conspiracy, or is this now the minimum level of cost-cutting diligence that all property management companies will be held to by their investors?

  8. kartwaffles says:

    “What you and I are saying is much less important than the fact that you and I are talking. Against traffic analysis, encryption is irrelevant.” – Bruce Schneier

  9. justaddh3o says:

    Lester Freamon must be behind this

  10. Pawtucket says:

    There’s big money to be made in gouging poor, desperate people.  Think BlueHippo, payday loans, crack cocaine and, most profitable of all, religious hucksterism, all things to warm the heart of Christian capitalists everywhere.

  11. parrotboy says:

    Small scale Wall Street.  Too bad for them they aren’t too big to fail, and/or have members of their group in key positions (like the Federal Reserve or the Treasury).

  12. Phlip says:

    Ain’t cracking down on the false owners in court ACORN’s job?

    Oh, wait…

  13. Peter says:

    Is it just me or does the graph resemble the outline of the continuos USA? 

  14. Gemma says:

    Should be “ever changing” not “every changing” in the post’s introduction.

  15. Valdis Krebs says:

    Glad you all enjoyed this project!

    See original post for link back to SAJE — the folks who did all of the investigative work.  

    We also looked into the “mortgage meltdown” and connected the dots from Main Street to Wall Street…

    Our first “15 minutes of fame” in mapping the “bad guys” came when we connected the dots between the 19 “9-11″ hijackers using public data…


  16. dainel says:

    what is the libertarian view on slumlords?

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