February 15, 2017
BROWNSVILLE — A nonprofit that purports to help and house homeless veterans illegally evicted a former serviceman, put up bogus posters saying he's a sex offender and then defied a judge's order to stop locking him out of his Brooklyn apartment, court records and lawyers charge.
The nonprofit, MAG-V, which is run by an ex-convict, put up the phony fliers last month on the main door of a Brownsville apartment building, where Ellison McKnight III, a former U.S. Army specialist, had been illegally evicted in November, according to McKnight, his lawyers and court records.
The fliers show McKnight's Arizona driver's license and warn: "Community Alert Level 3 Sex Offender Guard Your Children."
The bogus poster goes on to say "Offender Has Deceived Military & Veterans Community Residence Program." It also falsely claims that McKnight is subject to two pending arrests for property damage and threatening and menacing an autistic child.
McKnight said he saw the posters Jan. 13 when he tried to gain access to his room in the building after obtaining a second order from a Brooklyn Housing Court judge commanding MAG-V and its founder, Michael Erber, to allow him to return to his apartment.
"This is some life and death s--t here," McKnight said, fearing that someone could see the fliers and attack him. "People get killed for this s--t. This is my reality."
DNAinfo New York reported Jan. 5 that Erber — who served 15 years in prison for robbing a check cashing store and currently faces misdemeanor charges for driving a car with a fake license plate — has been accused of illegally evicting several veterans and scammed one of them out of $300,000 in lottery winnings. ..Continued.. by James Fanelli