The owners of a weekend rental in East Hampton were arrested on Sunday, on charges of fraud, as officials allege that they were renting their property at a huge premium under the false pretenses that the property belonged to the current President of the United States.
“These guys were running a scam, no question,” said Hamptons Police spokesman Larry Hirsch. “They decorated the place like it was some kind of rube’s idea of luxury, with gold-plated switch plates, mirrored ceilings and stuff like that. Really cheesy—all to make it look like Trump had a hand in it. Then they put it on the market for 10 grand a week, claiming that ‘Trump had slept here.’ Thing is, he doesn’t own the place and never owned the place—or any other place in the Hamptons, for that matter. Not his style.”
According to officials, the owners defrauded several dozen victims, many of whom were even promised that Trump himself would be visiting during their stay. One victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was enticed by the “glamour” and “mystique” of Trump, but lacked the resources to join Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s luxurious golf club in Florida where dues-paying members get to mingle with the President and his entourage.
“I thought this would be a good way of getting to rub shoulders with a real hero,” the victim reported. “Shame on these charlatans and their tricks!”
The owners of the property, who were not identified, remain in custody. They’re being held in a luxury cell on the shore of Lake Agawam in Southampton.