Chicago felon accused of identity theft, attempting to defraud hotel of $6K


NAPLES, Fla. — A Chicago man has been arrested after he tried to defraud The Ritz-Carlton Naples hotel of more than $6,000 in charges while using false information.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), on August 26 at around 6:30 p.m. deputies responded to the hotel scene at 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. for a suspicious person.

The Ritz Carlton Naples hotel staff told deputies a guest under the name of Lestor Cook had accumulated than $6,000 in charges on his account. Cook’s card on file reportedly declined multiple times and he continued to charge items to the room where he was staying at from August 25 to 29.

Deputies and hotel staff approached Cook at his room where he stated he was unable to pay the balance on his account because he had lost his luggage and did not have any other credit cards with him, CCSO said.

Cook told deputies he had no identification on him and gave inconsistent information regarding his birth year and how he rented a car in Naples. Cook said his actual name was Demarcus Tankersley.

According to the report, deputies found a credit card reader, three insurance cards with different names, and THC marijuana in Tankersley’s backpack and suitcase. Two wallets also contained multiple identifications, debit cards and a social security card. Eight debit cards were written in the name of Eric Louis.

When shown all of the cards, Tankersley told deputies his real name was Eric Louis, a 39-year-old convicted felon.


Louis faces multiple charges for fraud and marijuana possession. He was taken to the Naples Jail.

Count on NBC 2 to provide updates as this story develops.

Tags: Collier County Sheriff’s Officeconvicted felonCredit Card FraudIdentity TheftThe Ritz-Carlton Naples


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