Embattled former Minneapolis landlord convicted of perjury

Stephen Frenz, 56, to be sentenced Dec. 20

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October 18, 2019 - 4:33 pm

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A Hennepin County jury has convicted a former Minneapolis landlord of felony perjury. 

Prosecutors alleged 56-year-old Stephen Frenz created fake tenants as a way to get a housing court case against him thrown out.  Frenz has a history of run-ins with the city and his former tenants.

The jury came back with a verdict after five hours of deliberation.

“We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news conference following the verdict. “It’s unusual to do a perjury case, but he not only lied to the court but he lied to his tenants. I’m personally pleased because so many people were harmed: the employees, the pest control guy and the tenants. We think he knew what he was doing. He manufactured evidence.”

Frenz will be sentenced Dec. 20. Freeman said he wasn't sure yet what sentence he would request, but the recommended sentence under the state's guidelines is probation. He said a request for a large fine, time in the county workhouse and community service are also possibilities.

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