- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - A hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been ordered to pay $48,000 in restitution to settle a probe by the state attorney general’s office into accusations the hotel gouged customers during a heavy snowstorm last year.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel must also pay $17,500 in fines to the state.

Last year’s snowstorm in January dumped more than 26 inches of snow in the city.

Schneiderman said the hotel took advantage of hundreds of stranded people who were simply seeking the safety of shelter by drastically increasing rates.

Efforts to reach the hotel’s owner, Granite JFK LLC, were not immediately successful.



A spokeswoman for Marriott said its guidelines prohibit its franchisees from raising rates during times of disaster.

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