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Minneapolis landlord Frenz convicted of perjury

Updated: October 18, 2019 07:06 PM

A Twin Cities landlord was found guilty of perjury Friday.

Court records show that Stephen Frenz, 56, was convicted by a jury in Hennepin County court.

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The conviction centered on the actions Frenz took in 2016 at one of his properties, a 17-unit apartment building at 3057 14th Ave. S. A Minneapolis neighborhood organization, IX of Powderhorn Park, filed a tentants' remedies action against Frenz and two of his companies.

However, the organization could only bring the court action with the written permission of a majority of the tenants in occupied units. Frenz later filed a motion with the judge for summary judgment and included his sworn affidavit stating that three additional units were occupied at the time of the court filing and, therefore, IX of Powderhorn Park didn't have a majority of the tenants.

Freeman to 'aggressively prosecute' Twin Cities landlord charged with perjury

An investigation later found Frenz was lying about the three units being occupied, meaning his sworn affidavit was perjury, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said. Evidence included a statement from a pest control worker who sprayed the apartments and noted they were vacant on the invoice. The worker said Frenz asked him to submit a new invoice for the units and leave out the word vacant.

Earlier this year, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman vowed to "aggressively prosecute" Frenz for perjury. On Friday, Freeman said he didn't know what kind of a sentence his office would request from the judge, and noted that the recommended sentence under the state's guidelines is probation.

His sentencing is set for Dec. 20.

The maximum penalty carries a sentence of five years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.

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