Cook County, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A man who used stolen American Express credit card numbers to stay in luxury downtown Chicago hotels, racking up $74,000 in meals, spa services and liquor has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Daniel James, 22 of Riverdale, plead guilty to 4 separate counts of class 2 felony theft on February 1, 2009 and was sentenced by Cook County Judge Jorge Alonso to 5 years on each count to be served concurrently. James, a convicted felon, committed the identity theft while he was on probation for retail theft.
According to prosecutors, between December 2008 and May 2009, James used four stolen credit card numbers to stay at high end Chicago hotels including the Trump, Westin, Sofitel and Dana Hotels. James used the card numbers to pay for rooms, meals, liquor and spa services at the four hotels, totaling $74,000. Chicago police arrested James in June 2009.
State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Ed Maloney and Rosanne Pulia of the Consumer Fraud Unit for their handling of the case. For information on preventing identity theft, consumers can visit the State’s Attorney’s website www.statesattorney.org or call the Consumer Fraud hotline at 312-603-8700.