Guest ran up hundreds of pounds in unpaid bills staying at Plymouth hotels
A WOMAN who ran up unpaid hotel bills of more than £800 at three guesthouses has been ordered to do unpaid work.
Maureen Obi, aged 48, came to Plymouth for a job but was left with nowhere to stay when she was dismissed after only three days, city magistrates heard.
Obi, of no fixed address, admitted three counts of fraud by false representation in January and February.
Eoin McCarthy, prosecuting, said she stayed at The Grovesnor for 12 nights, and left without paying her bill of £392 and also took the room key worth £20.
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He added she also stayed at Firs Guest House and paid £50 for two nights initially, but then stayed for the rest of the week and failed to pay her bill of £175. She also took a key which cost £12 to replace.
Mr McCarthy said she also failed to pay Alma Lodge for a week-long stay worth £245.
Obi, representing herself, just said she was guilty.
The court was told at a previous hearing that she had moved from London for a job at Sunshine Care. But she had been dismissed after three days, leaving her with no money and nowhere to live.
Magistrates gave her a six-month community order under probation supervision with 60 hours unpaid work.
Obi was ordered to pay a total of £844 compensation owed to the three guesthouses and £40 costs.