Nassau man accused of running Hamptons rental scam

SOUTHAMPTON - A Nassau man is accused of running a rental scam in the Hamptons.Ten homeowners claim Lee Hnetinka turned their Hampton homes into teen party pads, costing some of them thousands of dollars.Officials say Hnetinka ran a company called Hamptons and Sons that would rent homes for a month, then illegally sublease them on weekends to high school students for graduation and prom parties.Homeowners say this scam was a major money maker. They say Hamptons and Sons charged high school students $350 per person to party for the weekend at a Hamptons home. The Southampton town attorney says the company made between $60,000 and $80,000 each weekend.Hnetinka now faces more than 100 town code violations, but many residents say they hope he faces more serious consequences.

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