Illinois man arrested for running $6,000 tab at Ritz-Carlton with fraudulent credit card
A 39-year-old convicted felon was arrested by Collier deputies on Friday after running up a $6,000 bill at the Ritz Carlton hotel and then saying he couldn’t pay it.
Eric Louis, of Illinois, is facing a charge of larceny at an establishment, four counts of fraud for possession of a similarity to a driver’s license, one count of possession of a skimming device, a one count of providing false information to law enforcement, one count of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Louis had checked into the hotel under the false name Lester Cook, according to an arrest report from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Louis was arrested after a manager at the Vanderbilt Beach Road hotel grew concerned because Louis incurred a $6,000 charge but the credit card originally on file declined multiple times, the arrest report says .
Hotel management called the sheriff’s office because they were going to bring the matter to Louis’ attention but wanted a deputy present.
He told hotel management that he couldn’t pay his bill because he had lost his other credit cards after his luggage was lost at the airport. However, his story changes several times, according to the report, and he ended up admitting that he drove in Napoli.
Louis gave law enforcement a different name than Lester Cook and provided them with different birth dates, but it wasn’t until he was imprisoned that he was identified as Louis.
In Louis’ room, authorities found wallets containing various forms of identity, debit cards, a skimming device and at least eight debit cards, all issued to Louis.
Authorities also found debit cards, social security cards and driver’s licenses with other names.
Louis was arrested and transported to the Naples penitentiary center.