2 Charged in Hotel Guest ID Theft Scam in NYC

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City hotel chain auditor has been
charged with stealing hundreds of guests' credit card information
and selling it to a man accused of using it to buy $840,000 worth
of airline tickets and other items.

Lukasz Kruk and Barry Herndon pleaded not guilty to grand
larceny, identity theft and other charges Friday.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says 237 accounts were
compromised over three years.

Prosecutors say Kruk was an auditor for the Amsterdam
Hospitality Group and had access to guests' credit card data. They
say Herndon bought tickets for himself and other people with
information Kruk took.

Amsterdam Hospitality Group runs eight boutique hotels in New
York City, Asbury Park, N.J., and Charlotte, N.C. Its
representatives haven't responded to a request for comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
AP-NY-11-04-11 1920EDT

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