MSNBC’s Donny Deusch has been found guilty by a Manhattan judge of scamming a real estate broker out of a commission.
The judge found that the broker, Edward Petrie, was responsible for finding a buyer for Deutsch’s $30 million home in the Hamptons. After Deutsch discovered he knew the buyer, LA hedge funder Howard Marks, MSNBC’s Occupy Wall Street cheerleader went behind the broker’s back to privately broker the sale and stiff the Sotheby’s realtor out of his fee.
The New York Post reports that the judge blasted Deutsch for his “dishonesty and greed”:
“This court considers that and refusal to acknowledge [Petrie] as the broker to be marks of dishonesty and greed,” Ramos writes in the Oct. 23 decision awarding Petrie’s employer, Sotheby’s, $1.2 million.
“Both characteristics are particularly unbecoming when exhibited by those blessed with great wealth,” the judge scolds.
By some reports MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch is worth upwards of $200 million. What isn’t in dispute is that the left-wing multi-millionaire publicly embraced Occupy Wall Street and frequently uses his perch at MSNBC to criticize income inequality.
How interesting, then, that when Deutsch had a legal obligation (and opportunity) to transfer less than 1% of his own wealth, he instead chose to cheat and lie.
Naturally, Deutsch intends to appeal the verdict.
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