Irishman allegedly used fake credit card to pay for luxury hotels and meals in Spain
An Irishman has been warned that he faces more than eight years in prison if convicted of a luxury Spanish vacation allegedly paid for with a fake credit card.
e was summoned to court on Thursday in Palma, the Mallorcan capital, with three other suspects – a Briton and two Germans.
The men, all in their 20s, have been detained after racking up a four-figure bill at two Holiday Island hotels with cards that were allegedly cloned or stolen.
The alleged fraudsters reportedly stayed in suites costing up to € 844 a night at the five-star Hilton Sa Torre hotel in Llucmajor, an inland town in southern Mallorca, for two nights and feasted on octopus, sirloin and washed paella. with Moët et Chandon champagne in the hotel’s exclusive restaurant, l’Arxiduc.
Their hotel bill of € 10,353 was allegedly paid with a fake credit card in the name of a US-based geological company and the alarm went off when they were asked to pay € 1,776 extra drinks and more room service than they ordered.
They disappeared after leaving “Do not disturb” signs on their rooms.
The four suspects were detained on July 14, 2018 at an upscale beach club in Magaluf after previously checking in at another four-star hotel near the popular resort.
They were released on bail after appearing before an examining magistrate, but were re-arrested after a manager at Hotel Me Mallorca, where they continued to enjoy their vacation in the sun, called the police to tell him that they intended to leave early without paying their bill of € 1,081.
Officers reportedly found a card cloning device in one of their rooms and several cloned or stolen credit cards.
The four suspects were not named until their court appearance and were only identified by their initials.
Prosecutors said they were seeking eight years and three months in prison for each if they were convicted of fraud and possession of forgery credit card material.
The men would also be asked to compensate hotels if they are found guilty at trial.
Thursday’s hearing was categorized as “vista previa” or preliminary hearing.
They are sometimes held in public in Spain and are often used to determine whether suspects intend to agree to negotiate a plea with prosecutors before trial.
A minor was also reportedly arrested along with the four adult suspects.
It was not clear today whether he had been treated as part of a separate prosecution or whether the authorities had decided not to take any further action against him.
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