A 35-year-old unemployed Gainesville man is accused of devising a scheme to use dark web-bought identification information to rent hotel rooms and then sublease the rooms to people for illicit activity, according to Gainesville police.
The man faces 11 fraud-related charges and two counts of using a communications device — his cell phone — to commit a felony.
He allegedly schemed to scam the Hampton Inn at 101 SE First Ave. in Gainesville, as well as a Doubletree by Hilton, also in Gainesville, the report said.
In at least two cases, police claim he sent bogus letters to hotels attempting to secure accommodations, suggesting that GEICO and AAA were paying for rooms, when they were not, the report said.
The total damages from the scheme for two victims whose credit card information was stolen and used allegedly by the man came to $3,005.69, his arrest report said.
The alleged fraud began early in 2018 and continued through March, the report said.
The man was arrested Friday.
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