Fmr. Holiday Inn employee sentenced for defrauding hotel

Fmr. Holiday Inn employee sentenced for defrauding hotel

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Rochester, N.Y. – A former Holiday Inn employee will spend more than five years in prison after defrauding the company.

Henry Williams, 55, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to more than four-and-a-half-years in prison on that charge. He was also sentenced to an additional year in prison for violating terms of his supervised release, and he has been ordered to pay more than $5,600 in restitution.

Williams was employed at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Rochester in January 2020 when he used a point-of-sale machine to try to load hundreds of thousands of dollars onto personal credit and debit cards.

Prosecutors say Williams posed as hotel managers while communicating with the hotel’s card payment processor. Later, he posed as another hotel employee in order to make fake criminal complaint against another worker, all in attempt to hide the scheme.

In all, Williams stole more than $4,400. Prosecutors say, over a period of time, he attempted to steal more than $840,000.

At the time of the scheme, Williams was on supervised release stemming from a 2016 bank fraud conviction.

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