Monday, September 8, 2008

Israel: Hotel Con Artist in Custody

23-year-old Pierre Rofeh targeted guests in the higher-end hotels, including Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. According to police, Pierre would dial a room number of the lobby internal phone, telling the guest he is calling from the front desk, explaining their credit card information was accidentally deleted from the hotel computer. The guest then willingly begins presenting credit card information, which police report Pierre used for his shopping sprees as well as to check himself into hotels.

Rofeh was arraigned earlier this week in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court where the court ordered him held in custody for 24 hours. Police say he has a record of similar crimes. Rofeh insists he is innocent.

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