A chiropractor suspected of defrauding people of more than $53,000 in a rental scam threw a bucket of urine Monday at a code enforcement officer, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
Craig Siegel, who runs Siesta Resorts and Siesta Vacations, rented a five-bedroom home he advertised has having 12 rooms, deputies said.
After learning the home wasn’t what Siegel advertised, renters across the country would either stay there without adequate accommodations or stay elsewhere, forfeiting their rent money, deputies said. Detectives say they found 19 victims.
Siegel modified the home last year without getting proper permits, deputies said. Sarasota County Code Enforcement ordered him to take apart the new construction. Despite that, deputies said Siegel advertised the home as larger than its actual size.
When customers complained, Siegel claimed not to have money the to return and told them to sue him, deputies said. However, detectives found that Siegel had paid $172,500 into a Fideltiy Investment Plan last year.
A code enforcement officer who’d had dealt with Siegel in the past arrived Monday morning at the home for business. That’s when deputies said Siegel threw a bucket of urine on him.
Siegel is charged with criminal mischief, battery on a code inspector and 19 counts of scheming to defraud.
He was held on a $55,000 bond Monday afternoon.