An 87-year-old woman says she faces eviction because her grandson visits her New Jersey apartment daily to bring her food and get her mail.
Rose Dimaria, who was recently treated for breast cancer and suffers from an irregular heartbeat, has lived in a Lodi Public Housing Authority home for 67 years. That's why she said she was confused when she received an eviction threat in the mail claiming she violated her lease by letting an 'unauthorized visitor' — her grandson, 40-year-old Gregory Ciccione — come too frequently.
"He brings me coffee every morning, and a roll or a doughnut," Dimaria said. "It’s nice to have company – I don’t understand what is wrong with that."
According to a letter sent to police by the housing authority administrators, Ciccione has previously served 3 years for mail fraud with his former business.
Ciccione admitted to his crime but insists he hasn’t tampered with his grandmother’s mail.
"Taking care of an elder should not be something that I am forced to stop doing or be bullied into not doing because of past history," he said.
Instead, Ciccione said he felt the letter was an elaborate scheme to spite him, not his grandmother.
"It’s absolutely directed at me,” he told News 4. "There’s outside family members who I no longer interact with, and it’s been a tumultuous several years between my divorce and who took sides over several cases. In their attack on me, it’s affecting my grandmother."
The Lodi Public Housing Authority says its priority is the health, safety, and well-being of all tenants.
Dimaria will have a hearing before any action is taken.