Property Investor Gets Jail Time for Building Without Proper Permits

Chalk one up, we guess, for law and order on the collapse front. First District City Councilman James Kraft sent us a press release crowing about the 30-day jail stint awarded to Sandford Kreisler, a Manassas, Va.-based, erm, "property investor" who failed to appear for a court date stemming from a case involving a Pigtown house his crew was working on without building permits.

In 2006, the building was collapsing, Kreisler was ordered to do the job right--and with permits, according to Kraft's release--and was put on probation. (However, a check of online court records did not turn up any cases in which Kreisler was put on probation since 2004. Update--Kraft's aid, the excellent Erin Fiachetti, emailed the case number, 807120023, noting that Kreisler's name was misspelled in the court file). Anyway, supposedly he didn't fix the place up, and he skipped his court date, and so was arrested in Nov. 2008, fined $5,000, and sent to the pokey.

Says Kraft, in his release:

"This prosecution sends a message that Baltimore City is serious about protecting the safety of neighborhood residents and the workers at these construction sites. Contractors need to know that if they come into our communities and perform work with such disregard for safety and standards, they will be held accountable."

Well, we suppose so. Then again, last we checked, John Elder was working as an engineer in good standing.

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