New York Suit Says Airbnb Used in $20 Million Illegal Hotel Scheme

A Manhattan residential brokerage was the hub of a wide-reaching illegal hotel scheme—primarily through listings on Airbnb Inc.—that earned more than $20 million over three years, a lawsuit by New York City said on Monday.

The lawsuit said that five current or former employees at Metropolitan Property Group, a firm that specializes in rentals, including its founder and president, Sami Katri, participated in an operation that included at least 130 apartments in 35 buildings.


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