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Chicago man accused of housing discrimination

Resident allegedly intimidated, threatened his Jewish neighbors

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday reported its fourth action in almost a month on alleged Fair Housing violations. HUD announced yesterday that it charged Peter Altmayer of Chicago with violating the Fair Housing Act when he allegedly harassed and intimidated his neighbors based upon their national origins and religion. According to HUD's investigation, in October 1999, Elie Bitton and his family–whose Jewish origins include Israel and Mexico–purchased a home next door to Altmayer on Jarvis Avenue in Chicago. During Bitton's initial meeting with his neighbor, Bitton asked Altmeyer if he was Jewish. Altmeyer allegedly responded that he hated Jewish people. The complainants allege that the harassment began shortly after that first meeting and has continued for more than five years, according to HUD. Altmayer's conduct allegedly included shouting obscenities and death threats, throwing bricks at the Bitton residence, exposing himself and making a nu...