FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man has been arrested in connection with an ongoing scheme to rent houses and not pay any rent, Nassau County Police said.
Jerry Hauser, 56, of Kings Points is accused of cheating landlords out of over $50,000 in rental money over three years.
Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that beginning in March 2010, Hauser rented homes in Kings Point, Jericho and Syosset, but never paid a dime in rent.
“He was really a person who was going from house to house,” Lack said. “The checks would bounce, and he would start over at a new residence.”
Hauser, who listed his employment as a collections agent, would sometimes use an alias of “David Solomon” so he wouldn’t be caught on credit checks or past incidents, Lack said.
“He was convincing, that’s why he was able to be successful in renting home, after home, after home,” Lack said.
In one instance, Hauser managed to rent a $1.4 million home in Kings Point, Hall reported.
“These were nice areas, nice homes and he would stay there until the landlord was finally able to start the eviction process,” Lack said.
Hauser is charged with third-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree defraud.
He is expected to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday.
Hauser was arrested after an investigation into an incident in September 2012.
Police said Hauser collected a check in the amount of $1,940 payable to a male victim, forged the signature and deposited the check into his own bank account.
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