Owner of First National Center in Oklahoma City seeks to avoid jail time
BY STEVE LACKMEYER NewsOK.com
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Village Voice called Aaron Yashouafar one of New York City's “ten worst slumlords.” Tenants staged a revolt against Yashouafar in an upscale high-rise condominium he developed in Las Vegas.
In Oklahoma City, he's viewed with suspicion after city officials discovered what they believed to be fraudulently submitted check copies for reimbursement. And coast to coast, the man best known locally as the owner of First National Center has a history of bankruptcies and foreclosures.
But as Yashouafar faces sentencing on a self-admitted fraud charge over his handling of insurance proceeds for fire-damaged condominiums in Las Vegas, friends and acquaintances have submitted letters to Clark County Judge Carolyn Ellsworth asking for leniency and providing a sharply different portrayal.
In a letter by his bankruptcy attorney David Neale, Yashouafar is portrayed as a businessman honestly striving to arrange successful resolutions to bankruptcies involving Figueroa Tower in Los Angeles and First National Center in Oklahoma City.
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