'Conman' racks up $16,000 hotel bill before arrest

Jeffrey Cochran allegedly posed as a doctor at the Pennsylvania hotel

Finance, Arrested, Fraud

A 41-year-old man has been arrested in the US state of Pennsylvania after allegedly racking up a US $16,000 hotel bill and attempting to leave without paying it.

Jeffrey Cochran posed as a doctor while staying in a $500-a-night room at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resorts or two weeks in May, 6ABC Action News reports.

He left once hotel employees caught onto his apparent subterfuge, and was only finally arrested six months later, during a traffic stop.

According to court documents, Cochran had called the hotel posing as another doctor from a local hospital and asked them to set up an account for an out-of-town doctor named Jeffrey Cochran.

Furthermore, 6ABC reports that authority’s claim Cochran is also wanted in the state of Nebraska, where it is alleged he carried out the same ruse at another hotel, for 47 days.

In 2012, a fitness instructor was jailed in Abu Dhabi for forging documents which enabled her to rack up an $86,000 bill at a hotel without paying.

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