Sunday 5 July, 2020

Marriott Hotel again hit by alleged credit card fraudsters

A group of Canadian and Trinidadians arrested on allegations they committed fraud against the Marriott Hotel in Kingston were remanded in custody Friday.

The seven accused — among which are four women — appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court where they were remanded until next Friday.

They are Ronan Baird, Rosette Bartley, Brian Lindo, Chanice Francis, Shanice Thomas, Rene Rollocks and Laytisha Samuels.

Bartley is accused of reserving rooms at the New Kingston Hotel, on September 19, using a credit card that was in the name of a male after the relevant paperwork was completed.

All seven then occupied the booked rooms.

According to the prosecution, hotel officials became suspicious of the accused, due to their behaviour, and checks were made that revealed that the credit card was a fake.

A bill of US$9,000 was racked up, the court was told.

After the allegations were read, Chief Parish Judged Judith Pusey asked why — outside of Bartley — were the others charged if they didn’t order anything on the credit card.

She said she would give the prosecution time to review the charges against other accused.

The prosecution said too that restitution was made to the hotel, prompting Pusey to instruct that charges be brought against the person who made the payment.

However, the court was told that the person resided overseas.

The seven were subsequently remanded and ordered to give their fingerprint to the police.  


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