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Oct 10, 2012 10:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Jennemann Pleads Guilty In Prom House Violations

Oct 10, 2012 11:23 AM

The Bridgehampton real estate broker who was implicated in a wide-ranging illegal house rentals scheme pled guilty this week to three charges of violating town rental codes and agreed to pay a $35,000 fine, based on the amount she earned from the illegal rental.

The broker, Leslie W. Jennemann, was one of four people who faced a litany of charges for their roles in an intricate program of illegal short-term house rentals—typically for just a matter of a few days and often to large groups of teenagers and young people looking to host raucous alcohol-soaked parties—at properties in Southampton and East Hampton towns.

Ms. Jennemann, who spent two years in prison after she struck and killed a man with her car in 2002 and fled the scene, was accused of having rented a house in Shinnecock Hills and then subletted it, without the owner’s knowledge or permission, to groups of high school students for weekend-long after-prom parties.

Ms. Jennemann’s rental was part of a ring of rental houses used by 25-year-old Lee Hnetinka of Syosset to shuffle groups of young renters between, earning him as much as $80,000 per week in the summer. Mr. Hnetinka has been charged with dozens of violations of town codes in both East Hampton and Southampton and put up more than $50,000 bail in the two towns to stay out of jail while he awaits trial.

Town rental laws prohibit rental of a residence for less than 30 days.

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