Man pleads not guilty to Sayville rental scam

A Sayville man pleaded not guilty to an alleged rental scam. Joseph Fernandez was charged in an 18-count indictment.

Police say Joseph Fernandez will be arraigned on a grand jury indictment in Central Islip.

Police say Joseph Fernandez will be arraigned on a grand jury indictment in Central Islip. (12/21/15)

SAYVILLE - A Sayville man pleaded not guilty today to an alleged rental scam.

Joseph Fernandez was charged in an 18-count indictment.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old posted ads for a room rental and then stole the prospective tenants' rent, security deposit money and their personal property.

After Fernandez was arrested in September, officials say he continued the scam and stole from at least six more people.

Fernandez was arrested a second time earlier this month.  

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