A fraudster lived the high life at the Bath Spa hotel with a stolen card

A man enjoyed food and champagne at a luxury hotel in Bath. The only problem was that it was paid with a stolen debit card.

Cameron Rattigan-Harrison was with a friend at the Macdonald Bath Spa hotel. Bristol Crown Court overheard his friend booking a room and dealing with staff and Rattigan-Harrison realized the use of the card was fraudulent – but he took advantage of it anyway.

The 33-year-old, from Wick Road, Bristol, was due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to fraud in the amount of £1,687.30 on the day of the hearing. Judge Euan Ambrose handed him an 18-month community order.

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The judge told him today (May 30): “The damage caused to the owner of the card was considerable. Fortunately, the bank reimbursed her.

Rattigan-Harrison was sentenced to undergo up to 25 days of rehabilitation. He was given a 10-week curfew.

Nadeem Aullybocus, prosecuting via video link, said the accused and a friend stayed at the hotel between July 18 and July 20, 2020. The stay, which included room, food and drink, cost $1 £687.30.

Mr Aullybocus told the court: “They were ordering champagne at £80 a bottle and wine at £60 a bottle. They also ordered food.”

The court heard the hotel stay was booked through Booking.com, which included Rattigan-Harrison’s contact details and cell phone number. When the Monzo card loser became aware of fraudulent transactions, she contacted the hotel and the police were called – although both men left the scene.

The following day, police independently investigating the Aztec Hotel and Spa in Almondsbury noticed two men emerging from a ground floor window and getting into a car. Police chased and stopped the car and one of the men was Rattigan-Harrison, who later admitted cheating at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel.

Nicholas Lee, defending, said his client had been out of trouble since 2020 and was in stable housing with a pregnant partner and a child. Mr Lee said his client was focused on helping with childcare and aiming to find stable employment.

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Richard F. Gandhi