Man accused of charging rooms at fancy hotel with fake card

March 06, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago man was arrested Wednesday morning after he was accused of trying to pay for two suites at the Four Seasons hotel in River North with a counterfeit credit card.

Anthony Manuel, 25, of the 8100 block of South Bennett Avenue, was arrested at the Rush Street hotel, where he allegedly racked up a bill of more than $3,500 on two suites, food and alcohol, according to court records.

County prosecutors said Manuel told police officers he was trying to impress his girlfriend, and that he invited her and several friends to visit him in the suites the night before.

"Four Seasons? Wow," Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., who was presiding over Manuel's bond hearing, said. "Listen, they've got the best beds in the world."

Manuel was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Thursday afternoon and ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

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