Man accused of booking rooms at six different hotels with fraudulent credit cards
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man is accused of booking rooms at six different hotels in Lake Charles and Sulphur with fraudulent credit cards, authorities said.
When Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, of Lake Charles, was arrested, he was found to have more than 20 credit cards that did not belong to him, according to Kayla Vincent, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office.
Vincent said deputies began investigating on April 17 when they were called to a Sulphur hotel in reference to possible credit card fraud. Deputies were able to identify Gilliard after speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage.
Calcasieu deputies arrested Gilliard on April 23 at a Lake Charles hotel after they were called there in reference to a man possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card, Vincent said. Gilliard allegedly gave deputies a fraudulent driver’s license and attempted to give them a false name.
Gilliard was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on 20 counts of identity theft, and resisting an officer by refusal to ID. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.
Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300, seven counts of identity theft over $1,000, theft over $25,000, and access device fraud over $1,500.
Vincent said more arrests are likely.
Det. Joshua Bruns is the lead investigator on this case.
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