A Kings Point man was arrested last week for forging his signature onto a check and cheating Long Island landlords out of thousands of dollars in rent, police said.
Jerry Hauser, 56, was arrested in connection with an investigation into an incident that took place last year in which Hauser allegedly forged his signature on a check in the amount of $1,940, which he then deposited into his own account.
During the investigation it was discovered that Hauser met with landlords in Jericho, Syosset and Kings Point under the guise of wanting to rent an apartment, police said.
Hauser, who would meet under the alias “David Solomon,” would hand the landlords multiple checks, which would later bounce, police said.
A Nassau County police spokeswoman told the Great Neck News, “He paid with bad checks and the check would be returned for insufficient funds.”
Hauser owes $50,000 in back rent, according to a story by CBS.
Hauser was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Dec. 17 on third-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree defraud charges.
Hauser’s next court hearing will be on Feb. 4.