A Chicago couple who control hundreds of taxis here and have invested in legal pot in Nevada listed a condo off North Michigan Avenue for sale Monday. They are linked to the family of Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, by tens of millions of dollars in loans.
Yasya and Semyon Shtayner, whose East Garfield Park firm Chicago Medallion Management controls almost 370 taxi medallions, are the sellers of 3,400-square-foot, 57th-floor unit on Ontario Street, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
The condo, whose asking price is $2.2 million, is one of two the Shtayners own in the building, each unit carrying a mortgage lent by Fima Shustrerman, according to the recorder. New York-based Shusterman is the father-in-law of Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump. The records are unclear, but indicate that Shusterman has lent the couple between $2 million and $8 million against the Ontario Street condos.
The Shtayners did not immediately respond to a message left on a phone number listed as theirs (but with no name given on the outgoing voicemail).
The Ontario Street mortgages are part of about $20 million in loans that Shusterman made to the Shtayners, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times in April 2018. The loans surfaced because the Shtayners were identified in a search warrant that “the FBI used to raid Cohen’s law office and home,looking for documents relating to his business interests as well as his $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her from discussing her alleged dalliance with Trump,” the Sun-Times reported at the time.
The Shtayners paid $1.35 million in 2013 for the 57th-floor condo they now have on the market, along with two deeded parking spaces. The listing agent, Ryan Preuett of Jameson Sotheby’s International