From the NY Post:
What seemed like a dream deal of spending the summer living in one of New York's hottest neighborhoods has become a nightmare for more than a dozen out-of-towners.
Many of the victims -- college students and young professionals -- told The Post they were duped out of thousands of dollars by two Brooklyn men posing as leaseholders of a massive loft within a new luxury apartment complex at 175 Powers St. in Williamsburg.
The duo, Desmond Eaddy and Ronnie Barron, allegedly used Craigslist and other ads to reel in the unsuspecting victims, including eight from Ireland, and collect at least $14,000.
Left with empty pockets, many of the victims say they've spent the past month working odd jobs and scrambling just to raise enough cash for food and shelter.
The ads claimed rooms were available for $1,100 monthly "in a brand new, huge, two-floor loft."
But Eaddy and Barron, both 29, never had the legal authority to sublet the space for residential use -- only a handshake agreement with building's owners to use it for film and TV production.
The duo hired contractors to carve up the commercial space and convert it to an eight-bedroom "illegal hostel," according the building's existing tenants.
But construction was halted long before the apartment was complete, although the out-of-towners had paid to move in by mid-June.