Brooklyn Home Returned to Owner After Occupy Squatters Arrested and Removed

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Several months ago, a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, freshly evicted from Zuccotti Park, installed themselves in a foreclosed East New York home and promised to renovate it for a homeless family in need. Noble intentions, to be sure. But there was a little wrinkle: The home's owner was a single father of two, who was negotiating with Bank of America at the time to save his mortgage. Occupy leaders said 28-year-old Wise Ahadzi didn't qualify for the group's assistance because he and his daughters weren't officially homeless — despite having been expelled from their home by a massive bank. But after police arrested six Occupy squatters earlier this month over a smashed window, Ahdazi and his family may finally be homebound. The place is a mess, though, with damages of at least $12,000 to the property.