He posted flyers about an apartment for rent, then collected deposits on the property.
But Stanley Heriveaux, 26, had no intention of renting out what he said was a three-bedroom apartment at his home at 235 Belmont Ave. in Elmont, Nassau County police said.
He just wanted the money, they said.
Heriveaux was arrested Monday after taking $4,500 in deposits from three separate would-be renters who answered his ad but never moved in, police said. Police said Fifth Precinct officers arrested Heriveaux as he was driving on Fourth Street near Baylis Avenue in Elmont, charging him with three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree defraud and traffic infractions.
Heriveaux "was collecting deposit money from multiple victims and falsely promising them occupancy," police said.
Police said Heriveaux first agreed to rent the apartment to a woman on Dec. 18, took a $1,200 deposit and promised her occupancy on Dec. 28.
He gave her a key, but she later discovered it didn't fit, police said.
Less than three hours after he pretended to rent the place to the first woman, a second woman responded to the ad, and Heriveaux agreed to rent the apartment to her, taking a $1,400 deposit, police said. He later asked her for - and allegedly received - an additional $500 from the woman, promising her she could move in on Dec. 27.
She also was never granted occupancy, police said.
The third rental was made Saturday at 7 a.m., when Heriveaux agreed again to rent the apartment to a woman who answered the ad, police said.
She gave him a $1,400 deposit, police said. He told her she could move in at the end of the month - though he had no intention of allowing her to do so, police said Tuesday.
He was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.