Costa Rican Scammer Behind Bars after Defrauding Belizean Resorts

Costa Rican Scammer Behind Bars after Defrauding Belizean Resorts

A Costa Rican man accused of scamming two high-end Belizean resorts is spending his first night at the Hattieville Ramada, better known as the Belize Central Prison. Police say 39-year-old Christopher Alvarado Marchena was able to con two resorts out of almost one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in accommodations. The alleged fraudster had fled from Placencia and continued his illicit activities in San Pedro Town, where he was detained by police. Marchena was then charged with obtaining property by deception, possession of counterfeit currency, and possession of a controlled drug. The scammer was able to dupe the hotels by providing them with fake online tractions in the form of screenshots while posing as a United States citizen. It’s a scenario that the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, says he finds to be intriguing given the experience he’s had with hotels in Belize. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I must say those hotels are very unique. I have been to many hotels all over the world including Belize and every time I get to a hotel the first thing they tell me “credit card.” and I have to produce a credit card and pay a downpayment on the spot. I was never given the opportunity to stay and money will come in later on so I don’t know what got into those hotels to make that move in allowing him to stay without even providing a credit card or a downpayment. But again the report has been made to the police and we are dealing with it. The individual is in police custody at this time. Immigration is also involved to see if there is any immigration offense committed and then we proceed from there.”

Marchena was denied bail and remanded into custody until May 15.

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