The long arm of the law finally caught up with landlord Rufus Stancil Jr. in late June. Last April, D.C. Corporation Council lawyers charged the Columbia Heights landlord with 432 criminal housing-code violations. Now, a D.C. Superior Court jury has found him guilty of two counts of fraud, breach of contract, and wrongful foreclosure—and ordered him to fork over $643,926 in damages. But the lucky recipients aren’t Stancil’s Sherman Avenue tenants. Instead, the money goes to a victim across the river: George Tillerson III of Newport News, Va. Tillerson, who owns a commercial building at 3001 Georgia Ave. NW, had worked out a deal with Stancil: Stancil promised not to foreclose on the property when Tillerson couldn’t pay off a promissory note he owed Stancil. According to court records, Stancil then agreed that Tillerson could pay in installments. The jury found that Stancil had cashed about $10,000 in payments from Tillerson and then tried to foreclose anyway. Twice.

—Annys Shin