Alleged cop slumlord skips date with district judge

A Nassau County police detective accused by neighbors of being a slumlord was ordered to appear in court Thursday, but did not show. The Town of Brookhaven slapped Paul Fuina, of Nesconset, with five

News 12 Staff

Feb 29, 2008, 12:12 AM

Updated 5,985 days ago

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A Nassau County police detective accused by neighbors of being a slumlord was ordered to appear in court Thursday, but did not show.
The Town of Brookhaven slapped Paul Fuina, of Nesconset, with five charges of owning illegal accessory apartments in Mastic, Shirley and other towns. When Judge Howard Bergson found Fuina was a no show, he ordered the attorney to produce his client in court next week and threatened to issue an arrest warrant if that didn?t happen.
Some who live near Fuina?s allegedly squalid, illegal apartments say he collects rent from his tenants in cash while wearing his gun and badge. "He should be held to a higher standard as a law enforcement officer, especially since he has multiple rentals all over Brookhaven town,? Mastic Beach resident Victor Zeleny says.
Fuina faces a $7,000 fine and a possible nine-month jail term if convicted on all charges.


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