NY AG Files Suit Against Watkins-Glen Area Property Owner

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against a Watkins Glen-area rental property owner.

Schneiderman is accusing Henry Dean and his company FLGH, LLC, of defrauding consumers. Schneiderman is seeking an injunction prohibiting them from operating their vacation rental home business. The lawsuit is seeking $102,694.98 in restitution for customers who paid Dean in advance rental fees for a Town of Orange property that was uninhabitable, as well as over $85,000 in civil penalties and costs.

In the lawsuit, Schneiderman says Dean and his company purchased the property in November 2013 to renovating the house into a large vacation rental property. Dean began advertising the property, claiming it had such amenities as: three hot tubs, outdoor wet-bar, fire pit, mountainside private hot tub, exotic pool with gazebo deck, streams, pools, and other amenities. The lawsuit claims these advertisements were false and that Dean never completed the renovations on the house. It says more than three years after he bought the property, Dean does not have a certificate of occupancy for the building.

According to the suit, Dean would get customers to pay him thousands of dollars in deposits. Schneiderman says when customers would try to cancel after realizing the property was not as advertised, Dean would allegedly tell them it would take time to refund their money because he put it in escrow. Schneiderman says this was a lie and that Dean had already spent the money. He says Dean now owes refunds of over $100,000.

In addition to restitution, the Attorney General is also seeking over $85,000 in civil penalties and costs.

Consumers who believe they may have been defrauded by or have unresolved disputes with a business are encouraged to call the Attorney Generalís Consumer Help Line at (800) 771-7755.

BINGHAMTON, NY (WENY)