Man, 30, is charged with fraud ‘for spending six free nights at hotel by claiming to be NHS A&E hospital worker’
- Ben Quince, 30, checked into Casa Hotel in Chesterfield posing as NHS staff
- He allegedly told emergency hotel staff he worked in the local A&E department
- The hotel was offering free services for NHS staff battling coronavirus outbreak
- He was charged for fraud by false representation at Southern Derby Magistrates
A 30-year-old man has been charged with fraud after allegedly spending six free nights at a hotel by claiming to be an NHS worker.
Ben Quince checked into the Casa Hotel in Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, at the end of March on a floor reserved for NHS staff, Derbyshire Police said.
He stayed at the four-star accommodation for six nights and allegedly told staff he worked in the A&E department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Like hotels up and down the country, Casa Hotel is among those offering complimentary lodgings for health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, the force said.
Ben Quince has been charged after allegedly duping his way into Case Hotel in Chesterfield (pictured) by claiming he worked in the local Accident and Emergency
The 30-year-old was said to have tried to capitalise on the hotel providing free stay for NHS workers tackling coronavirus by checking in as a Chesterfield Royal (pictured) medical worker
Mr Quince, of Burley Lane, Quarndon, has been charged with fraud by false representation.
He appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Monday and was bailed to appear again at a later date, police said.
According to NHS guidelines set out for employees on their official websites, a series of action has been outlined in order for medical workers tackling Covid-19 to obtain free housing at hotels.
The website states any employee should ‘confirm with their line manager that accommodation is required; the line manager should then inform the relevant finance team that bookings are being made so that this can be tracked by finance teams.
‘The booker should then be prepared to provide: Project code: NHS Support, guest name, telephone number for emergency, email address for confirmation, organisation name, organisation cost code, department and job title.
Hotels across the UK have now opened their doors for NHS workers, with rooms now shut to the general public.
Former Premier League footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were among the first to make their jointly owned Stock Exchange and Hotel Football in Manchester fully available.
The establishments were promptly closed off to the public, with access to the 176 beds given to medical staff as a show of solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic.