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February 22, 1991 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' most notorious slumlord, Vijaynand Sharma, a fugitive for three years, has been traced to Scotland, where he says he is living the life of a lonely innkeeper. Sharma, 43, fled after his conviction in the largest criminal case ever brought by the city against a landlord--112 counts of housing violations at five Los Angeles buildings. He faced a 20-month jail sentence and a $153,000 fine.
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June 15, 1996 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' most notorious slumlord, who spent eight years on the lam, was sentenced Friday to almost seven years in County Jail. Municipal Judge David Doi ordered Vijaynand Sharma to serve his original 23-month jail term, imposed in 1987 for two cases involving five filthy, rat-infested hotels and apartment buildings, plus five more years for violating his probation by fleeing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1996 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' most notorious slumlord, who spent eight years on the lam, was sentenced Friday to almost seven years in County Jail. Municipal Judge David Doi ordered Vijaynand Sharma to serve his original 23-month jail term, imposed in 1987 for two cases involving five filthy, rat-infested hotels and apartment buildings, plus five more years for violating his probation by fleeing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who once declared he would "rather be dead" than serve jail time--after a conviction that marked him as one of Los Angeles' most notorious slumlords--was captured Friday in New York state after eight years on the lam, authorities said. Vijaynand Sharma, 48, was arrested in Liberty, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who once declared he would "rather be dead" than serve jail time--after a conviction that marked him as one of Los Angeles' most notorious slumlords--was captured Friday in New York state after eight years on the lam, authorities said. Vijaynand Sharma, 48, was arrested in Liberty, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1987
New criminal charges were filed Wednesday against convicted slumlord Vijaynand Sharma for alleged violations at two buildings he owns in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Sharma, 40, was accused of 12 fire, health, building and safety code violations at 5426 Virginia Ave., in Hollywood, and 22 similar violations at 1910 S. Los Angeles St. in central Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 | JILL STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of Vijaynand Sharma, dubbed by prosecutors the city's "worst slumlord," was charged Thursday with 26 criminal counts of operating a rat-infested, heatless and filthy 30-unit apartment building in the Westlake district. Devanand Sharma, 38, will be arraigned March 22 in Los Angeles Municipal Court. He owns a building in a troubled neighborhood that City Atty. James K. Hahn claims has been turned into a "nest of slums" by a small cadre of greedy landlords.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
In an alley behind the burnt-out brick building where fire had left 168 people homeless--nearly half of them children--Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn on Tuesday announced he will seek "substantial jail time" for its owner, convicted slumlord Vijaynand Sharma. As tenants from the charred three-story structure at 3981 Menlo Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1988 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for slumlord Vijaynand Sharma, whose escalating legal problems may have caused him to flee rather than risk spending time in County Jail. Sharma, 40, called Los Angeles' "worst slumlord" by City Atty. James K. Hahn, was to appear before Municipal Judge Veronica Simmons-McBeth for sentencing on two counts of probation violation. When he failed to show up and his lawyer, John H.
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November 20, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
In the largest criminal case ever brought against a landlord in the city of Los Angeles, the owner of five rat-infested, dilapidated buildings was convicted Thursday of 112 charges stemming from slum conditions. Vijaynand Sharma, 39, faces a maximum sentence of 56 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines and penalties, according to Deputy City Atty. Stephanie Sautner, head of the agency's slum housing task force.
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August 5, 1992 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elusive slumlord Vijaynand Sharma, one of Los Angeles' most notorious fugitives, has slipped through the fingers of the law again, even though he has been living in luxury in Rancho Palos Verdes for the last six months virtually under the noses of his would-be captors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1991 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' most notorious slumlord, Vijaynand Sharma, a fugitive for three years, has been traced to Scotland, where he says he is living the life of a lonely innkeeper. Sharma, 43, fled after his conviction in the largest criminal case ever brought by the city against a landlord--112 counts of housing violations at five Los Angeles buildings. He faced a 20-month jail sentence and a $153,000 fine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 | JILL STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of Vijaynand Sharma, dubbed by prosecutors the city's "worst slumlord," was charged Thursday with 26 criminal counts of operating a rat-infested, heatless and filthy 30-unit apartment building in the Westlake district. Devanand Sharma, 38, will be arraigned March 22 in Los Angeles Municipal Court. He owns a building in a troubled neighborhood that City Atty. James K. Hahn claims has been turned into a "nest of slums" by a small cadre of greedy landlords.
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August 14, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND and PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writers
While the Los Angeles city attorney was secretly investigating slum traders last year, another public agency, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, paid some of the same traders $1.6 million for a dilapidated, fire-damaged apartment house, according to records. The rationale for the May, 1988, purchase was expansion of parking facilities near the Coliseum, but officials say they primarily wanted to get rid of gang members who inhabited the building.
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August 2, 1989 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
Maria Figueroa has bought cans of Black Flag to fight cockroaches, and set traps to catch mice. She has nailed boards across one screenless window--so the children won't fall out. She has put a large piece of plywood over another window--to prevent stray bullets from fights in the street from shattering the glass above her bed.
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August 1, 1989 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
The portable telephone that Mordehai Ben-Horin perpetually grips in his right hand is not for show. Ben-Horin is a talker. Whether he's conducting a tour of the aging brick Cameo residential hotel, which he owns, or just holding a conversation, "Senor Ben," as he is known to his tenants, presses on nonstop. The one-sided discourse jumps from the philosophy of Socrates to the disdain his ex-wife feels for the architecture of low-income apartments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
Municipal Court Judge David Doi sentenced landlord Vijaynand Sharma on Monday to 20 months in jail for slum conditions in five Los Angeles buildings, calling him a man who "totally lacks any regard for the health and safety of his tenants."
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August 5, 1992 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elusive slumlord Vijaynand Sharma, one of Los Angeles' most notorious fugitives, has slipped through the fingers of the law again, even though he has been living in luxury in Rancho Palos Verdes for the last six months virtually under the noses of his would-be captors.
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September 21, 1988 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
Everyone pretty much agrees that a bureaucratic snafu is to blame for Vijaynard Sharma, one of Los Angeles' worst slumlords, becoming a fugitive again. But no one--not New Jersey officials who had custody of Sharma last week and not Los Angeles authorities who so badly wanted him extradited--is eager to admit fault. On Tuesday, one day after Sharma failed to appear for a court hearing in New Jersey and apparently resumed his life on the lam, there was considerable finger-pointing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1988 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
The city's worst slumlord, captured by the FBI in New Jersey last week after more than seven months on the lam, failed to appear at a court hearing Monday and is believed to be a fugitive again, prosecutors said. Vijaynard Sharma, 41, was scheduled to appear in Camden County Court to waive extradition and return to Los Angeles, where he faces at least 20 months in jail and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for housing code violations.
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