COLONIE, N.Y. – A Colonie motel owner, who had one of his properties shut down in light of hundreds of code violations, could now face criminal charges, officials say.
Motel owner Arjun, also known as Alex, Patel is being investigated by police and town officials after allegations that he misled his tenants into believing they had a place to stay when they did not.
Town officials say Patel could face criminal charges, and police are investigating claims that he continued to collect future rent as late as last week. He is also being accused of misleading tenants over the imminent shut down when he had official placards removed.
Officials also said Patel was making money off the county by housing homeless, displaced families, and some sex offenders. Patel also owns the Blu Bell Motel, Super 8, and the Golden Corral.
The latest figures, courtesy of Albany County, show that Patel received more than $647,000 from 2008-2013 for housing at the Skylane Motel and more than $1.6 million at the Super 8, which total than $2,312,000.
Police say they found things like mold, exposed wires, and unsafe stairs during a search warrant after officials say a tenant fell through the floor at Skylane Motel last week.