Article Courtesy of WINK NEWS
By Sabrina Lolo
Published February 20, 2017
BONITA BEACH -- A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday for
allegedly stealing more than $26,000 from seasonal visitors, according to
the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
John Hayes, of Bonita Springs, is facing fraud charges after he triple
booked his Glen Manor condo at 76 Fourth St. and charged the victims without
any intention of renting the condo to them, deputies said.
Judy Hartlieb, a victim who was visiting from Illinois, found the listing in
March 2016 on VRBO, a vacation rental website. When she tried to book the
condo, Hayes told her he didn’t want to go through the website, she said.
“He wanted all of the money upfront, about $5,500 dollars, and he wanted a
check,” she said.
But Hartlieb still paid through the website and entered her rental
agreement, deputies said.
However, on Jan. 11, three days before she was scheduled to arrive, Hayes
notified Hartlieb the condo was unavailable after she asked for her key,
“It was pretty much a nightmare,” she said.
When she learned about the other two victims and realized it was a scam,
Hartlieb confronted Hayes at the condo.
“I said ‘I’m the lady you gypped out of $5,000 and I want my money back,'”
Hayes brushed her off, saying he didn’t have the money to reimburse her at
that time, the sheriff’s office said.
He was arrested two weeks later.
“I hope he has fun in jail is all I can say” she said.
Hayes has since been released on a $10,000 bond.