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People v. Sattlekau

Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division
104 N.Y.S. 805 (1907)


Sattlekau (defendant) put out a newspaper ad in New York seeking a single housekeeper for “hotel purposes” and the “possibility of matrimony.” Rosa Kaiser responded and Sattlekau convinced her that he was the owner of the Uncle Sam Hotel in Millville, Pennsylvania, which he had agreed to sell. He told Kaiser that he was going to use the sale money to exercise a 15-year lease on another hotel in New York. He said that he planned on converting the hotel into a home for them upon their marriage. He told Kaiser that he needed to borrow $1,000 to help pay for the lease because he had not yet been paid for the sale of his hotel in Pennsylvania. He told Kaiser he would pay her back when the sale went through. She gave him the $1,000 and then did not see him again until he was arrested. He was arrested exactly where he had first met Kaiser, and he was attempting to do the same thing to another single woman. There is no Uncle Sam Hotel in Millville, Pennsylvania. The jury convicted Sattlekau of grand larceny for obtaining the money by false pretenses. Sattlekau appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Clarke, J.)

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