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Man posing as government contractor jailed after running up large hotel bill

By Mason White 10:43 AM April 10, 2014
Peak Hotel 

By: Anika Rao
A man ran up a large hotel bill and refused to pay after posing as a government contractor, police in Nigeria said.

Ilorin Police said that the incident occurred at the Peak Hotel.

The owner of the hotel, Ayotunde Raphael, said that the suspect was introduced to him by the manager of the AZ Hotel. The suspect said that he was an engineer with the Holland Construction Company, based in Lagos, which was overseeing the reconstruction of the local roads.

The suspect was accused of lodging at the hotel for six days, accumulating a bill of N37,150 ($250). The suspect was identified as Adekunle Adetunji, 40.

A judge has found the man guilty of theft and he has been sentenced to four years in prison. Prosecutors said that the defendant was also charged with three counts of false impersonation, forgery and fraud.