Hamilton Police arrest suspected fraudster couple at downtown hotel


Police say that a Hamilton couple is facing a number of charges after they were found shacked up in a local hotel room rented with a credit card that didn't belong to them.

On Thursday (Feb. 13) shortly before 8:24 a.m., Hamilton Police attended the Sheraton Hotel located at 116 King Street West in downtown Hamilton, to investigate a fraud.

Once on scene, information was obtained that raised suspicion regarding the financial ability of a couple who was occupying a room.

Through continued investigation, police determined the credit card presented by the couple for payment purposes wasn't issued to either party.

Police attended the hotel room of the couple and they were arrested without incident. Inside the room, police observed numerous pieces of identification, financial documents and bank cards not belonging to the individuals.

The couple was taken into police custody and the evidence in the room was seized. The man is scheduled to appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse on Friday, February 14, 2020, to answer to criminal charges.

The woman was subsequently released and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, March 9, 2020.

The investigation into the items seized is ongoing and police anticipate further charges will be laid.

From the hotel room, police seized:

  • Credit cards
  • Driver licences
  • Passports
  • Random pieces of identification
  • Business cheques
  • Computer equipment

A 48-year-old Hamilton man is facing the following charges:

  • Fraud under $5000
  • Utter forged documents

A 38-year-old Hamilton woman faces the following charges:

  • Fraud under $5000
  • Utter forged documents

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Dave Wide by calling 905-546-4639.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

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