Cops Bust Riverside Landlord Who Failed To Pay $7,000 In Fines

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Southampton Town Police arrested a 60-year-old landlord early Tuesday morning after learning that she had failed to pay $7,000 in town code violations for her Riverside property.

Helen Goff, 60, of Riverhead was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Tuesday while walking along the shoulder of Flanders Road in Riverside after officers said they received reports of a woman loitering in the area. Upon further investigation, they learned that she was wanted for failing to pay $7,000 in fines for 29 code violations for property she owns in Riverside.

In 2011, Ms. Goff was issued 130 violations by Southampton Town after code enforcement officers found 19 people—including several children—living in apartments above an automotive repair shop at 48 Old Quogue Road. Some of the violations included broken smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as plumbing and electrical deficiencies. Inspectors also determined that the building’s structural integrity was questionable, according to 2011 records.

The investigation also revealed numerous broken windows, or those missing panes, and a dilapidated roof that was partially covered with a tarp. Some of the construction was completed without the proper permits, according to town records.

Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said Ms. Goff failed to pay fines totaling $7,000 for 29 different violations, though it was not immediately clear those stemmed from the 2011 case.

Ms. Goff, who also owns 44 Old Quogue Road, was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned later that morning in Southampton Town Justice Court.

She paid a $50 fine and has until April 7 to pay the remaining $6,950 in fees, according to authorities. She was then released.

In 2011, town officials stated that Ms. Goff failed to pay property taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and that Suffolk County was set to begin the process of seizing her land.

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