The city’s Licensing Board gave approval Thursday to one of Boston’s most notorious landlords to house international high school students attending CATS Academy and referred questions about the landlord’s criminal history to the Boston Police Department for further investigation.
The board’s decision came just days after a Globe report detailed how Anwar N. Faisal did not have the proper license to operate a dormitory for the high school students at 1110 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston and then failed to disclose, as required, his criminal record on a license application submitted last week after the Globe contacted the school.
“We don’t have the capability to determine if he has a criminal record,” Suzanne Iannella, one of the city’s licensing commissioners, said at a board meeting Thursday.
Faisal, who largely caters to student tenants in Boston and was among the subjects of a Globe Spotlight Team investigation last month, did not appear at the meeting. Faisal was sentenced to 10 months probation in 1995 after pleading guilty to four counts of making false statements to a federally insured bank.
He did not disclose the felonies on the application. He left the section blank that stated, “I have no record of criminal convictions in any state or federal court except those as listed below.”
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