MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis police arrested a man who stayed at two hotels for several months and failed to pay his bills.
On January 4, the manager of the Springhill Suites Hotel filed a report with Memphis police claiming that Milton Witsell had checked into the hotel on July 23 last year and had not checked out of the hotel until January 4.
Witsell allegedly posed as a Youth Village contractor, according to the affidavit.
When he left the hotel, his balance was over $21,000, records show.
The manager said he spoke with Youth Villages and was told they were unaware that anyone was using their account.
On March 3, Best Western’s sales manager filed a report with Memphis police that Witsell had checked into the Best Western Motel by posing as a Youth Village contractor, according to the affidavit.
He checked into the hotel on January 25 and stayed there until March 3 with a total bill of over $3,500.
According to the affidavit, the sales manager told police he spoke to an accounts payable specialist at Youth Villages and that person said Witsell did not work for the company.
On March 3, Witsell was taken to the Economic Crimes Bureau where he gave a statement and said he was at the scene, then was transported to 201 Poplar.
Witsell is charged with one count of theft of services from $2,500 to $10,000 and one count of theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000, according to court records.
He was released on his own recognizance and is due in court on March 18.
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