[UPDATED] 12/13/12 Con Ed is now saying the store’s electric bill will be prorated not to include charges that accrued during the more than two month police investigation. Read More
After suffering the loss of a father and husband, the family of slain Bay Ridge store owner Mohamed Gebeli is reportedly fighting Con Edison over an unpaid bill from the 77 days their shop Valentino Fashion was an off-limits crime scene.
According to the Daily News, Moe Gebeli, son of ‘Son of Sal’ victim Mohamed Gebeli, is speaking out against the utility for insisting he pay a $734.66 bill – or face the loss of electricity to the small mens clothing shop that serves as the still-grieving family’s main source of income.
“How is this fair?” Moe Gebeli asked reporters last Thursday. “It’s like a slap in the face.”
From Daily News:
As he stood in the Fifth Ave. store where his father was gunned down on July 6, Gebeli fumed at the letter he got from the power company.
In the letter dated Nov. 6 to Gebeli’s stepmother Hanza Mohamed, Con Edison warned the family to pay up or risk getting stripped of their electric meter.
“Since we were unable to gain access to the meters, we are starting legal action for the removal of our equipment,” Con Edison’s letter reads. “If it is necessary to obtain a court order for a city marshal to repossess our meters, there will be a fee of $45.”
The utility’s credit operations also warned of a $115 collection fee, a $130 meter-removal charge and a $26 reconnection fee once the billing issue is resolved.
An NYPD source confirmed to the News that Valentino Fashion was indeed an active crime scene from July 6, until September 20, when police returned the store’s keys to Moe Gebeli.
Despite the store and its light switches being off limits to the Gebeli family for months as investigators collected evidence, Con Ed still wants the family to pay for power usage Moe Gebeli describes as higher than normal.
“I would understand if it was my fault, if it was something that I did, but I had no control,” Moe Gebeli said. “The police had control of the store. It was a crime scene. The lights, everything in the store was on for 24 hours a day for almost three months.”
Gebeli also recounted how attempts to explain the extenuating circumstances of the bill to Con Ed reps have fallen on deaf ears.
“We’re looking into the matter,” Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee told The News.
Accused killer Salvatore Perrone, 64, was arrested in the serial killings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers on Nov. 21, just days after the body of his last victim, Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, was found in his Flatbush shop.