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Joseph Fernandez’s court appearance adjourned in alleged Craigslist rental scam

The court appearance of Joseph Fernandez, 26, of

The court appearance of Joseph Fernandez, 26, of Sayville on rental-scam charges was adjourned on Dec. 18, 2015. Photo Credit: SCPD

The Friday court appearance of a Sayville man accused of scamming rent from prospective tenants was adjourned until Monday, the judge in the case said.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho said Friday the attorney for Joseph Fernandez, 26, could not make it to court, resulting in the adjournment.

Prosecutors charge that Fernandez, of 139 Broadway, twice collected deposits for rent on a room in his house then refused to complete the transaction with prospective lodgers.

The grand jury indictment against Fernandez had been expected to be unsealed in First District Court in Central Islip on Friday, according to a news release from the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Fernandez also stole security deposits and personal property from “prospective tenants,” Spota’s office said.

He was initially arrested in September on multiple charges and then continued his scheme, resulting in a second arrest on Dec. 2, authorities said. He is charged with multiple counts of petty larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny and scheme to defraud.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Fernandez can call the Fifth Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8527.

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