WUFT News

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.


This entry was posted in Crime and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • https://identify.us.com IdentifyUS

    Unfortunately, this isn’t the only example of alleged fraud associated with bed bugs. There are examples of tenants and hotel guests intentionally presenting bed bugs that were collected elsewhere, and of them knowingly claiming injuries from bed bugs that were acquired at some other venue. Similarly, there are cases of hotel operators who misrepresent rooms as being bed bug free. These are only a fraction of the potential fraudulent incidents. Educational information and further insight about bed bugs and their management can be found at IdentifyUS online.

 

More Stories in Crime

James Kane, 40, now faces a charge of felony aggravated domestic battery on a person 65 or older. The attack reportedly occurred after the 72-year-old victim refused Kane permission to marry his girlfriend.

Elderly Man Attacked After Denying Assailant Permission to Marry

A Marion County man was arrested Monday after he beat a 72-year-old man. Authorities said James Kane attacked the victim after he denied Kane permission to marry his girlfriend.


molly the dog

Ocala Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty, Police Report

An Ocala man was arrested Sunday after attempting to flee his home, where police found his dog and evidence of animal abuse.


Haz-Mat

Two People Arrested in Chiefland Meth Lab Bust

Deputies say they found methamphetamine and chemicals used to produce the highly addictive drug.


The Wells Fargo on Newberry Road was robbed Friday afternoon.

Wells Fargo by Oaks Mall Robbed

The Wells Fargo Bank on Newberry Road near the Oaks Mall was robbed Friday afternoon by an unknown white male.


Crime Down in Many North Central Florida Counties, According to FDLE Report

Florida Department of Law Enforcement releases the 2013 Annual Unified Crime Report, which indicates a drop in crime in many North Central Florida counties.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments