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Gainesville Hotel Worker Accused of Faking Bed Bugs to Pocket Cash

By on January 25th, 2014
Adam Erickson

Adam Erickson

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of embezzling money from the hotel where he worked.

Desk clerk Adam Lynn Erickson, 23, allegedly made four filings since Dec. 15 to say guests needed refunds when they actually didn’t, Alachua County Sheriff’s Officer Lt. Jayson Levy said.

He gave reasons such as bed bugs and medical emergencies for why the guests couldn’t stay at Best Western Gateway Grand, Levy said.

“The investigation revealed Mr. Erickson did not give the money back to the customers, so either he kept the money or gave it to someone else,” he said.

Erickson stole around $543.73, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

He was arrested at 4 p.m. at the hotel near the 39th Avenue exit of Interstate 75. He is charged with embezzlement, fraud and larceny. He was released on his own recognizance today.


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